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The Future Provision of the Dry Recycling Service - Update and Preliminary Options Appraisal

Meeting: 24/02/2021 - Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee (Item 42)

42 The Future Provision of the Dry Recycling Service - Update and Preliminary Options Appraisal pdf icon PDF 220 KB

(Report of the General Manager of the Joint Waste Service)

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Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Culture, the Chief Executive and the General Manager of the Waste Management Service to the meeting.  The Portfolio Holder introduced the report which aimed to update the Committee on the current position on waste management and to present some of the emerging options for the future provision of the dry recycling service.

 

The General Manager of the Joint Waste Service reported that in August 2020, the Tamworth and Lichfield Joint Waste Committee had endorsed the approach agreed by the councils’ respective Cabinets to:

·        consider a contract extension with the existing provider,

·        undertake a formal re procurement exercise, and

·        have discussions with Staffordshire County Council in their capacity as the Waste Disposal Authority (WDA).

It was reported that there were six Staffordshire Waste Collection Authorities, including Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council, whose dry mixed recycling (DMR) contracts will expire in March 2022. It was further reported that the market for processing DMR had shifted dramatically, in particular in respect of a shift to a dual stream collection with separate fibre (paper and card) collection.  An extension to the existing DMR contract had been ruled out on the grounds of cost and risk, and as a consequence work had been undertaken to produce framework contracts and tender documents for both commingled and dual stream options. The evaluation process was expected to be completed towards the end of February.  In addition consideration of transferring disposal responsibility to the County Council had been explored, and the potential benefits and costs considered.

The soft market testing undertaken had indicated some changes to how dry recycling service was delivered which could impact on the equipment and potentially the vehicles currently used by districts / boroughs, which had added some time pressure, given long lead times to procure. Consequently to support in the required decision making process, a preliminary options appraisal had been undertaken and the six options identified were presented to the Committee:

1)     Retain commingled collections and responsibility for disposal.

2)     Retain commingled collections and transfer responsibility for disposal to the County Council.

3)     Introduce dual stream collections using an additional bin for paper/cardand retain responsibility for disposal.

4)     Introduce dual stream collections using an additional bin for paper/cardand transfer responsibility for disposal to the County Council.

5)     Introduce dual stream collections using a bag for paper/card and retain responsibility for disposal.

6)     Introduce dual stream collections using a bag and transfer responsibility for disposal to the County Council.

The General Manager outlined the key risks and benefits of each option including considerations such as collection frequency, operational costs, gate fees, expected residents’ views, relative equipment costs, and sought feedback from the Committee on the options presented.

The Chief Executive reported that the pending National Resource and Waste Strategy made this a challenging time to be re-procuring and that a letter to Government was being drafted to request further clarity and urgency in this matter.

The Committee considered the options and sought  ...  view the full minutes text for item 42