Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 27TH MARCH, 2012
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 14TH MARCH, 2012
“C1663 RECYCLING PERFORMANCE SINCE INTRODUCTION OF THE CO-MINGLED RECYCLING KERBSIDE COLLECTION SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 2011 (VBS) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT)-
Cabinet were advised of the success of the new co-mingled kerbside recycling service.
The revised kerbside recycling collection service commenced in September 2011 and had now been operating for six months.
In addition, 2011/12 was the first full year of the weekly kitchen food waste and fortnightly residual waste collection scheme.
It was anticipated that the Council would exceed the Welsh Government's (WG) 52% statutory target for 2012/13, considering that the revised collection service had only been in place since September 2011, and that additional recycling materials (tetra paks, aerosols and foil) had only recently been included within the kerbside collection arrangements. This was further assisted by the Cabinet decision to allow donations for charity and commercial undertakings.
One of the main concerns expressed with co-mingled collections was that of increased contamination. The recycling contamination rate for the last full year of source segregated collections was 5%. The contamination rate for the first two quarters of 2011/12 (source segregated) was 2.1%. For the first quarter for co-mingling (quarter 3, 2011/12) the contamination rate was 3.1%. This compared very favourably with the Council's previous source segregated recycling collection method.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the increased recycling rate achieved since introducing the change to co-mingled recycling collections in September 2011 be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) for its information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To advise Cabinet.
(2) To advise the Scrutiny Committee.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 14th March, 2012