Agenda item

Waste Management 3 Year Plan (2022-2025)

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION

 

That the Executive:

 

a)    Approved the Waste Management 3-Year Plan (2022-2025), to be the waste services plan attached at Appendix A to the report;

 

b)    Authorised options appraisals for the kerbside collection services and street-cleaning services in East Northamptonshire;

 

c)    Authorised appraisal of infrastructure and best delivery options for provision of Household Waste Recycling Centres;

 

d)    Commenced procurement of the Council’s future waste disposal contract;

 

e)    Delegated to the Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets, in consultation with Executive Director for Place & Economy, Executive Director for Finance and the Executive Member for Finance, the authority to take any further decisions and/or actions required in connection with the procurement and award of the waste disposal contract, without the need to return to the Executive.

 

 

Reasons for Recommendations:

 

·      The recommended course of action allows the waste service to undertake projects that will improve the services for the communities of North Northamptonshire in a considered and methodical approach.

 

·      Undertaking the options appraisals, and any subsequent procurements, is the most cost-effective way of ensuring new contracts for the Council’s disposal and collection services are fit for purpose and achieving best value.

 

·      This approach enables the Council to make informed decisions regarding its medium-term financial planning for its Waste Management services.

 

·      This approach ensures the Council has legally procured and compliant contractors in place for its waste collections and disposal.

 

Alternative Options Considered: As the Waste Management 3-Year Plan sets out the direction for the waste service, the plan offers transparency to councillors/elected Members and members of the public as to the work the service will carry out in the coming years, identifying opportunities to engage with changes that will enhance our services and delivery. This includes the necessary procurement activities for the disposal and processing of waste and recycling. The alternative option is not having an agreed plan to direct the service development, which is not recommended.

 

The alternative to procuring a waste disposal contract would be for the Council to enter the waste disposal and processing sector either by building its own facility or developing a commercial relationship with another provider to build a facility on a joint venture basis. It is unlikely that these complex arrangements could be put in place by 2025, which is when the Council needs disposal arrangements in place, and it is therefore not recommended. If the Council wishes to pursue this route, it would be recommended that they develop this option in tandem with a view to implementing it at the end of the initial contract period of the new waste disposal contract.

 

Minutes:

The Chair invited Lee Forster to address the Executive. Mr Forster made reference to waste incinerators in the North Northamptonshire area and queried how waste incineration accorded with the Council’s environmental pledges.

 

The Chair thanked Mr Forster for his attendance before inviting Cllr Graham Lawman, Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets to introduce a report that sought Executive approval for the Council’s Waste Service to undertake the action plan within the Waste Management Three Year Plan (2022-2025) that set out activities necessary to harmonise the systems designed to manage the increasing waste arisings, to align with new statutory burdens in respect of provision of recycling opportunities for materials such as food waste, to ensure appropriate future provision for facilities such as Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), to engage new contracts and prepare for the direction of future waste services in North Northamptonshire.

 

The report also sought approval to commence Options Appraisals as set out in the Action Plan to inform future decisions, particularly in relation to the future of the HWRC service and waste and street cleaning services in the East Northamptonshire area and recommended commencing the procurement of the Council’s future waste disposal contract.

 

Cllr Lawman noted that many of the Council’s waste and recycling disposal and processing contracts were set to expire in 2025 and required re-tendering and rationalisation. This process would enable the Council to take account of new statutory burdens and as well as factor in the growth of housing locally. In order to do this, the Options Appraisals would be necessary to inform later decision-making to provide clarity for the Council’s Medium-Term Financial Plan.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION

 

That the Executive:

 

a)    Approved the Waste Management 3-Year Plan (2022-2025), to be the waste services plan attached at Appendix A to the report;

 

b)    Authorised options appraisals for the kerbside collection services and street-cleaning services in East Northamptonshire;

 

c)    Authorised appraisal of infrastructure and best delivery options for provision of Household Waste Recycling Centres;

 

d)    Commenced procurement of the Council’s future waste disposal contract;

 

e)    Delegated to the Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets, in consultation with Executive Director for Place & Economy, Executive Director for Finance and the Executive Member for Finance, the authority to take any further decisions and/or actions required in connection with the procurement and award of the waste disposal contract, without the need to return to the Executive.

 

 

Reasons for Recommendations:

 

·      The recommended course of action allows the waste service to undertake projects that will improve the services for the communities of North Northamptonshire in a considered and methodical approach.

 

·      Undertaking the options appraisals, and any subsequent procurements, is the most cost-effective way of ensuring new contracts for the Council’s disposal and collection services are fit for purpose and achieving best value.

 

·      This approach enables the Council to make informed decisions regarding its medium-term financial planning for its Waste Management services.

 

·      This approach ensures the Council has legally procured and compliant contractors in place for its waste collections and disposal.

 

Alternative Options Considered: As the Waste Management 3-Year Plan sets out the direction for the waste service, the plan offers transparency to councillors/elected Members and members of the public as to the work the service will carry out in the coming years, identifying opportunities to engage with changes that will enhance our services and delivery. This includes the necessary procurement activities for the disposal and processing of waste and recycling. The alternative option is not having an agreed plan to direct the service development, which is not recommended.

 

The alternative to procuring a waste disposal contract would be for the Council to enter the waste disposal and processing sector either by building its own facility or developing a commercial relationship with another provider to build a facility on a joint venture basis. It is unlikely that these complex arrangements could be put in place by 2025, which is when the Council needs disposal arrangements in place, and it is therefore not recommended. If the Council wishes to pursue this route, it would be recommended that they develop this option in tandem with a view to implementing it at the end of the initial contract period of the new waste disposal contract.

 

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