The Committee received a report on the
National Resources and Waste Strategy for England 2018 –
The Head of Environmental Operations presented
the report, in conjunction with a PowerPoint presentation.
Consultations on three key policy measures has
begun that include:
Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging (EPR);
Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS); and
Consistency in Household and Business Recycling.
Details of each were provided in paragraphs
3-5 of the report.
The Worcestershire Strategic Waste Partnership
have worked together at both Officer and Elected Member level to
develop a single response that captures each Council’s
viewpoints on the consultations. It is
intended that each individual council in Worcestershire submits the
The report intends to provide Members with the
principles that will underpin a set of agreed views to each of the
consultations, which subject to agreement, will then be developed
into a final submission via delegations to the Corporate Director
– Homes and Communities in consultation with the Chair of the
Members thanked officers for the report and
the presentation which was found to be very useful.
It was questioned whether the recommendation
at 1.2 of the report should include the Vice Chair. The Corporate Director – Homes and
Communities stated that the wording had been agreed with Legal at
the time of writing the report but would check.
Members debated each of the three key policy
measures. It was felt that as a Council
we should support DRS in conjunction with EPR, although there were
some concerns over this. In view of
this, an amendment was proposed to insert at 1.2 of the
recommendation the following:
‘Instruct Officers to reflect the view
that household waste collection does not necessarily negate the
value of DRS’.
The Chair agreed that the wording be recorded
in the minutes but not for inclusion in the recommendation, for
which officers agreed to note.
In general it was felt that communication with
residents was key and there was a need to be more informative on
what could and could not be recycled, also encouraging
communication with residents on the reduction of food
waste. Members also asked that officers
endorse food waste collections as other authorities have done
RESOLVED: That the Committee:
Note the contents of the report and in particular, the
three policy proposals that are currently out to consultation
Extended Producer Responsibility for
Deposit Return Scheme
Consistency in Household & Business
Delegates the Corporate Director (Homes and
Communities) in consultation with the Chair of Environment
Committee, to review the proposed responses (when available) from
the Worcestershire Strategic Waste Partnership, to the three
consultation exercises listed at recommendation 1, to amend these responses, if necessary,
to reflect the views of Worcester City Council and to approve the
submission of the final responses