Agenda and minutes

Waste Management Working Group - Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL. View directions

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In the absence of the Chair, Councillor Fletcher, and Vice-Chair, Councillor Byrne, Members elected Councillor Van Day to chair the meeting this evening.


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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Waste Management Working Group meeting held on the 26 September 2019.


Minutes of the Waste Management Working Group held on the 26 September 2019 were approved as a correct record.




Elizabeth Murdoch, Business Support Officer, Community Development & Equalities, presented to Members how the consultation would be presented on the Portal and explained how the story and Q&A elements of the consultation would work.


Once the consultation was complete a link would be sent to Members so that they were able to test and see how the consultation looked and how questions are displayed. Once the consultation was live, Officers would be able to see responses and respond to any questions that had been asked as the consultation was running.


Work would also be undertaken with libraries and hubs to ensure that staff were briefed on the Post Card and consultation to enable them to assist residents.


Julie Rogers, Director of Environment and Highways, briefed Members on the proposed Post Card that would be sent out to every household in Thurrock which would direct residents to the portal or direct residents to places where the consultation could be completed. Members were also briefed on the consultation and Julie Rogers explained that the questions formed part of the national strategy. The following comments were made by Members:


Councillor Collins stated the Post Card must be printed on recyclable material and have the recycle logo shown on it.


Expand on the introduction to refer that the Council would be legally obliged to increase recycling rates.


Recycling – Question 3 – Members were required to give some thought to how or what the “reward schemes” would look like so these could be incorporated into the vision statement.


Recycling – Question 4 – reword section to remove the fine amount (£400). Potentially move down the list of questions.


Recycling – Question 8 – clarify the term “Batteries”.


Some consideration to a further question to make reference to stickers for household bins.


Members agreed, following the above changes being made, the consultation should go ahead and be launched on the 1 November 2019.


Julie Rogers agreed she would ensure contact was made directly with Councillors Fletcher and Byrne on the consultation and suggestions made this evening by Members.


Members agreed that the Post Card was a cross party representation and should include the names of all the members of the Waste Management Working Group. That a suitable photo of all members would be used on the front of the consultation, alternatively Councillor photographs from the website would be used.


Further Information on Recycling Activities


Lynn Aben, Recycling Project Officer, informed Members that she had visited 20 primary school assembles and had so far reached 4500 pupils and about 150 teachers on recycling. The plan would be to visit a further 15 more primary school assembles and speak with over 3000 more children. That work would continue to include secondary schools, scout and community groups. Lynn Aben provided Members with a brief demonstration on what she delivered at these school visits.


Any Other Business


Members agreed to cancel the Waste Management Working Group scheduled for the 5 November 2019.


At the 21 November 2019 meeting, feedback from the consultation will be delivered to Members and Officers would provide a template of the vision statement.


Democratic Services and Officers agreed to look at suitable dates for a December 2019 and January 2020 meeting.


That the vision statement would be required to be presented by the Chair at the Cleaner Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the 5 February 2020. Members requested that they be invited to this meeting.