Agenda, decisions and minutes

Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Town Hall Watford

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


There were no apologies.


Disclosure of interests (if any)


There were no disclosures of interest.


Minutes of previous meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 2 December 2019 to be submitted and signed.


The minutes of the meeting held on 2 December 2019 were submitted and signed.


Waste and Recycling contract variations pdf icon PDF 470 KB

    Report of the Group Head of Community and Environmental Services

    Additional documents:


    1.         That the contract with Veolia be varied with effect from 1 July 2020 in relation to waste and recycling services provided in Watford as set out below:


    a)             The introduction of a weekly collection of food waste (with a new 23 litre kerbside brown bin provided to all households identified)

    b)            Retention of a weekly collection of fully commingled recycling (using a blue-lidded bin)

    c)             The introduction of a fortnightly collection of non-recyclable waste (using existing black bin)

    d)            The introduction of a chargeable fortnightly collection of garden waste (using existing green bins), which is accessed via a yearly subscription.


    2.         That the charges for the fortnightly collection of garden waste is as set out below, the same charges also apply to each additional green bin. Residents are able to have up to a maximum of seven green bins per household:


    ·               Standard annual charge of £45.00

    ·               Standard annual charge reduced to £40.00 if paid by direct debit

    ·               Customers in receipt of certain income based benefits will be entitled to a concessionary rate of £35 (no further reduction if paid by direct debit).


    3.         That agreement of the detailed operational changes required and agreement to the final terms relating to the variation of the contract with Veolia and all other matters arising from this service change be delegated to the Group Head of Community and Environmental Services.


    Cabinet received a report of the Group Head of Community and Environmental Services setting out proposals, agreed with Veolia, for varying the waste and recycling contract.  It would provide a different service delivery model for household recyclable and residual waste, including the introduction of a weekly food waste collection and a subscription service for garden waste.


    The Mayor briefly outlined the context that had brought the report to Cabinet.  He invited the Portfolio Holder to explain in more detail about the proposals.


    Councillor Williams stated that the council was trying to make the borough as environmentally sustainable as possible.  Council had passed a climate change emergency motion.  The plans included the banning of single use plastics in the town.  The proposal would ensure that residents and the town as a whole recycled as much as possible.  The Three Rivers scheme for the collection of waste was the same as the one being proposed in the report.  Three Rivers and St Albans councils’ recycling rates were over 60%.  It was necessary to review how this was achieved in Three Rivers and copy their processes.  The Government had stipulated that all councils should have a recycling rate of 65% by 2035.  The aim would be for Watford to be above that target.  The blue and food waste bins would be the bins of choice rather than the residual waste. 


    Councillor Williams stressed that the council was not doing anything radical compared to other authorities.  Many local councils already collected the residual waste on a fortnightly basis or less frequently more.  He added that not all local councils offered a garden waste collection service and of those that did offer the service 65% charged an annual fee.  The concerns about increased fly tipping had been noted.  This would be monitored and any reports would be recorded and the situation reviewed if required.  He commented that Three Rivers had not seen any increased problem with fly tipping.


    The Mayor invited the Group Head of Community and Environmental Services to provide more information.


    The Group Head of Community and Environmental Services said that he wished to highlight the key reasons for the proposed changes.  He referred Cabinet to paragraph 5.7.1 of the report and the encouragement to make the recycling bin the bin of choice, which would be beneficial for the environment and reduce the carbon footprint of Watford.  An analysis of the waste included in the residual waste bins had found that a reasonable percentage of waste could have been recycled.  The new proposal would mirror the scheme run by Three Rivers.  He informed Cabinet that the council was not legally obliged to collect garden waste and that the council had to look at ways of ensuring statutory services, like residual waste collection, could continue to be delivered and provided value for money for residents.  The garden waste service would be paid for by those residents who wished to use the service.  He added that 25% of properties in the borough did not have  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.


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