Agenda and minutes

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Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary or Personal Interests and/or Non-Registrable Interests


No declarations of interest were made.


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that the minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 6 October 2022, be received and approved as a correct record.


In accordance with Minute No. SA.6, the Scrutiny Research Officer advised Members that no further updates had been received to date in respect of the publication of the Gambling Reform White Paper by Government.




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The Scrutiny Research Officer presented the report and reminded Members that this was the last meeting of the Panel before the District Council Elections in May 2023.  With the Waste and Recycling review topic still being in its infancy and work still needing to be done to compile a stronger evidence base, it was suggested that any final recommendations to Cabinet at this point in time would be premature.


At the introductory meeting, the Panel acknowledged the wide scope of the topic and to date Members had considered issues around:


·         household waste

·         recycling

·         waste collection and legislation

·         the Council’s Waste Strategy and policies

·         the Council’s Corporate Plan priorities for waste and recycling

·         the Spring Clean, Bulky Waste and Bag It campaigns.


At the last meeting the Panel had considered the importance of the Council offering quality volunteering opportunities within Ashfield which often overlapped with the Council’s efforts for tackling waste and recycling related issues. Members had also requested further information in respect of the current Garden Waste Scheme and reasons as to why the Council’s Waste Strategy had not been updated since 2013.


Members discussed the former Council Neighbourhood Charter and its potential for being invigorated and used as a communication tool for raising waste and recycling awareness in addition to setting standards for the service. 


The supporting information was presented as follows:


Garden Waste Scheme

The scheme being offered by the Council was currently at capacity and had been a success with maximum take up by residents.  Collections had been down in 2022 due to high weather temperatures and a lack of garden growth but the scheme was generally well used and at £28 cost per annum, it was competitively priced in comparison with neighbouring authorities.


Volunteering Opportunities

From April 2022 to January 2023 66 volunteering enquiries had been received with 114 being received within the same time frame the year before.  The level of enquiries made was encouraging and the Council currently had 19 volunteers registered.


In respect of expanding volunteering opportunities within the Council, any volunteer programme was required to have a comprehensive support system working alongside it and with capacity and resources being limited within the Community Engagement Team, officers were more likely to signpost any potential volunteers to voluntary and community organisations that could offer more consistent support and supervision.


Waste Strategy

Officers continued to be aware that the Council’s Waste Strategy was out of date but were awaiting long delayed key documents and policies from the Government (such as the Environment Bill 2021), before any refresh work could be undertaken.


Guidance for Disposal of Waste Types

The Council does not currently provide this information on its website but instead, relies upon Nottinghamshire County Council to provide the information through a variety of its media platforms.


Following the update, Members discussed the review and considered amongst other things:


·         a ‘voucher for returns’ system operated in Germany which enabled users to return bottles/cans via an automated machine.  The procedure not only crushed and recycled the bottle/cans  ...  view the full minutes text for item SA.10