To consider a report on progress in the delivery of the re3 Joint Waste
PFI Contract and the re3 Strategy and to receive a presentation from Hampshire Services on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan for Central and Eastern Berkshire.
The Board received a presentation from Ilina Todorovska, Hampshire Services on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan for Central and Eastern Berkshire – 2036 and the links to Re3 work.
The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan for Central and Eastern Berkshire were being developed with four of the Berkshire Authorities. These were; Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Slough Borough Council were keeping a watching brief but were not involved in the plan.
The presentation would be circulated to Member’s and Officers after the meeting by Oliver Burt.
As a result of the Members’ questions and comments, the following points were made:
The Joint Waste Disposal Board received a report briefing them on the progress in the delivery of the re3 Joint Waste PFI Contract and the re3 Strategy.
re3 were aiming to be more self sufficient with planning underway to ensure that Oxfordshire would take less waste from 2031.
‘Black bag’ recycling had been introduced as part of the changes at Recycling Centres during 2016, with staff intercepting waste bags before they were deposited over the wall for disposal. These bags are taken aside and opened with any items that can be recycled treated accordingly. There were performance differences at the two sites and a report would be brought to the next JWDB in July to outline any steps that could be taken to improve recycling at the sites.
In January 2017 a formal Change Notice had been submitted to the contractor requiring the contractor to consider and propose processing plastic pots, tubs and trays. A number of trials were underway and due to conclude in May. A report from Officers was proposed for the next meeting of the JWDB in July updating the Board on the conclusion and outcomes of the trials. Any changes could result in Council investment as there may be a need for a change of facilities to process the Pots, Tubs and Trays. There would be a 60/40 share in any revenue which would be reflected in the business case.
Members’ emphasised that the contractor’s proposals needed to look at future changes to ensure any implemented changes were fit for purpose over the long term, not just in 2017.