Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 27th March, 2012


Report of the Director of Environmental and Economic Regeneration


Prosiect Gwyrdd Partnership - Waste Profile (VBS) (Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)


Purpose of the Report

1.             To further explain the residual waste tonnage assumptions contained in a recent report to Cabinet concerning ‘Prosiect Gwyrdd’ and to clarify some of the terminology used in this report.


1.             That Committee support recommendations (1) (2) (3) and (4) of Minute no C1641 of the Cabinet Meeting held on the 29th February 2011.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To allow the Council's tonnage to be used within the final stages of the Prosiect Gwyrdd Residual Waste Treatment Procurement Process.


2.             This report is presented in response to a ‘call-in’ request received from Councillor Mark Wilson. The full details of the request are detailed within the agenda. 

3.             To assist this response a copy of the related Cabinet report from the meeting of 29th February 2012 is attached at Appendix 1, the resolution of this meeting is attached at Appendix 2 and the Prosiect Gwyrdd summary report is attached at Appendix 3.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             Any forecast of future residual waste data is somewhat subjective due to the many variables involved. Officers therefore have to use the best available data at the time, along with their professional expertise and experience, in order to demonstrate the due diligence required.  Only then would this forecast be put before members for inclusion in any business plan.

5.             The Prosiect Gwyrdd waste profile is based on a number of variable factors that change with time, so predicting a single tonnage trend line is challenging.

However, some of the factors taken into consideration in the development of the profile include published:

  • Anticipated Population Population/housing growth trends;
  • Economic growth;
  • Consumer behaviour;
  • Changes in retailer materials use (e.g. packaging types/weights);
  • Legislative drivers;
  • Waste minimisation initiatives;
  • Future recycling performance;
  • Changes in the Commercial Waste markets.

In doing so the following source documents, amongst others, were used to support the tonnage forecasts;

Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan - Deposit Plan.

Managing Growth Policies. Policy. Policy Title. Page No. Ref. No. MG 1. Housing Supply in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Welsh Government | Wales's Population, 2009

26 Mar 2009 ... Sets out a responsible and credible budget for growth and jobs.  Wales' Population A Demographic Overview 2009.

Population and Housing Projections Background Paper 2011

2006-based Welsh Government Population Projections – Main.  Components of Change – Births - dwelling requirements to manage the population and household forecasts.

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6.             Based on these data sources and information from the ‘Statistical Directorate for Wales’ population projections 2006 to 2031, the anticipated rate of growth of waste per head was assessed using the industry standard of one tonne per head of population multiplied by the change in population over the contract period. This resulted in the forecast of a general decline in waste residual production due to the present adverse economic climate, (reduced consumption) and the increased success in municipal waste recycling, with zero growth onwards. This is shown in Appendix 3 (Appendix A of this report Table 1 and Appendix B Table 2 and Figure 2).

7.             Any delegated authority under recommendation (4) of Appendix 1 would be subject to prior consultation with the Cabinet Member for Visible and Building Services and could only be utilised when dealing with Prosiect Gwyrdd waste flow matters that would not make a material change to the procurement process. The change would also not be permitted to incur the Council in any cost variation above that which will result from the agreed data provided to the two final bidders. This delegation is necessary to prevent delays and the increased costs of reporting small, inconsequential, variations in the tonnages provided at the Final Tender Stage. 

8.             The use of the word 'substantive' within the report (Appendix 1) is incorrect, and this should have read 'substantial'.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

9.             The Resource Implications are as stated within the Cabinet Report Appendix 1.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10.        The Legal Implications, including Human Rights are as stated within the Cabinet Report Appendix 1.

Crime and Disorder Implications

11.        None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12.        The Equal Opportunities Implications, including Welsh Language issues are as stated within the Cabinet Report Appendix 1.

Corporate/Service Objectives

13.        The Corporate/Service Objectives are as stated within the Cabinet Report Appendix 1.

Policy Framework and Budget

14.        Any amendments to the projected residual waste tonnages for Prosiect Gwyrdd would be a matter for Executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

15.        None.

Background Papers

16.        None.

Contact Officer

Clifford Parish, Operational Manager Waste Management and Cleansing Tel. No:  02920 673220


Officers Consulted

Accountant, Building and Visible Services

Operational Manager Legal Services

Head of Planning and Transportation


Responsible Officer:

Rob Quick, Director of Environmental and Economic Regeneration