Devon Authorities Waste Reduction and Recycling

Committee Minutes

Tue Feb 14 2006


Devon County Council

Councillors Cook (In the Chair) and Giles

District Unitary Councils

Councillors Burgess (Mid Devon), Hook (Teignbridge), Nicholson (East Devon),

Also in attendance

Mr Taylor (DAPC), Mr Gomme (DCRN) and Ms Smillie (EA)

27 Minutes

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2005 be signed as a correct record

28 Correspondence with the Minister

The Chairman advised the Committee on the draft response to Ben Bradshaw MP on various issues of waste management. He had received some additional comments from the Committee which had been included in the letter.

The Head of Trading Standards would be asked to attend the next meeting of the Committee to report on the issue of Packaging Regulations.

29 Review of England s Waste Strategy

The Committee discussed the review of England s Waste Strategy. DEFRA had issued a consultation document as part of the review setting out the progress made since 2000 in meeting the Government s objective and implementing its policies with respect to waste. It contained a number of proposals for a revised strategy and the policies for implementing it. The consultation will close on 9 May 2006.

It was MOVED by Councillor Cook, SECONDED by Councillor Hook and

RESOLVED that a special meeting of the Committee be held on Tuesday 28 March 2006 to consider a response to the consultation document.

30 Collection of Waste over the Christmas Period

The Committee discussed the problems caused in some areas over the lack of refuse collections during the Christmas period. Due to the fact that landfill sites were not open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day, rescheduling had taken place but in some areas collection had been simply omitted rather than reschedule. Due to the prohibitive costs of opening landfill sites on those dates, no suggestions had been forthcoming up to now to overcome the difficulties encountered.

31 Budget Statement 2005/06

The Committee considered the update report of the County Environment Director (ED/06/18/HQ) on the budget statement for 2005/06. The Committee noted that Furniture Reuse Payments were not being claimed with only one quarter of the budget having been spent to date.

It was MOVED by Councillor Cook, SECONDED by Councillor Hook and


(a) that the report be noted

(b) that local groups be reminded of the need for claims to be submitted punctually and a more disciplined approach to finances in order that there is greater clarity in the need for funding

ReMade South West

The Committee received a presentation from ReMade South West on the projects in the pipeline. They propose to investigate all aspects of plastic production throughout the South West with the aim of improving existing procurement policies in Devon. The 10,000 funding would cover the cost of employing consultants and managing the project and was expected to be spent in this financial year.

32 Recycling Statistics for Quarters 1 and 2 of 2005/06

The Committee considered the report of the County Environment Director (ED/06/19/HQ - pdf ED/06/19/HQ) on the current 2005/6 recycling statistics for Devon. The overall recycling rate for Devon currently stood at 39.45%, with Torbay achieving 21.9% and Plymouth achieving 22.4%. The recycling rate for Devon had already exceeded the statutory target for the year of 30% and was well on the way to achieving the 60% recycling and composting rate as set out in the Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Devon

It was MOVED by Councillor Cook , SECONDED by Councillor Hook and

RESOLVED that the Committee welcome the trend set out in the first six months of the current financial year and seek to achieve a 40% recycling and composting rate for 2005/06

33 Communications Strategy

The Committee received the report of the Communications Strategy Project Group (DW/06/02 - pdf DW/06/02) on the draft Waste Management Communications Strategy for the Devon Authorities to cover a three year period.

The Committee noted that the Devon Authorities had been very successful in communicating the need to reduce, reuse and recycle through the Don t Let Devon Go To Waste campaign, but there was a perceived need to co-ordinate communications in a more strategic way to achieve increased recycling rates, meet targets and to stem waste growth.

It was MOVED by Councillor Cook , SECONDED by Councillor Nicholson and

RESOLVED that the draft Waste Management Communications strategy be approved as an initial working document subject to review in a years time.

34. Real Nappy Campaign Update

The Committee considered the report of the Real Nappy Working Group (DW/06/01 - pdf DW/06/01) on the launch of the Devon Real Nappy Project.

The launch had been held on 30 January 2006 at Sure Start Bideford Children s Centre Bideford. The event had included speakers from Tarka Real Nappy Network, Cathy Karneiwicz and a display of reusable nappies. The event had also been used to promote other Devon Sure Starts and Credit Unions.

Members noted that Real Nappy Week was being held from 24 to 30 April 2006 and there would be a series of roadshows throughout member authorities.

It was MOVED by Councillor Cook, SECONDED by Councillor Giles and


(a) that the launch of the Devon Real Nappy Project be noted;

(b) that Members support the roadshows in their areas during Real Nappy Week in April;

(c) that a report be brought to the next meeting of the Committee regarding incentives available for families to use real nappies.

35. Date of Next Meeting

(Special Meeting Tuesday 28 March 2006 at 2.15pm)

Tuesday 4 July 2006 at 2.00pm.

The meeting started at 2.00pm and finished at 4.30pm

Date Published: Tue Mar 14 2006