Local democracy during coronavirus

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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Remote meeting

Contact: Angela Bielby  Democracy Officer

Webcast: Watch or listen to the meeting online

No. Item


Declarations of Interest

At this point, Members are asked to declare:


·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests


which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.



Members were invited to declare at this point in the meeting any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests, or any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests, that they might have in the business on the agenda. None were declared.


Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.


Please note that our registration deadlines have changed to 2 working days before the meeting, in order to facilitate the management of public participation at remote meetings. The deadline for registering at this meeting is at 5.00pm on Tuesday 23 March 2021.


To register to speak please visit www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill out an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting whose details can be found at the foot of the agenda.  


Webcasting of Remote Public Meetings


Please note that, subject to available resources, this remote public meeting will be webcast including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The remote public meeting can be viewed live and on demand at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.


During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates (www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy) for more information on meetings and decisions.




It was reported that there had been one registration to speak under the council’s public participation scheme.


Robert Gordon spoke about the importance of reusing materials and the need to increase recycling rates. He noted that national government could expect Council’s to collect a wider range of recyclables by 2023 and asked that the Council increase its range of recycling collections now. He noted that there were positives to both options B and C and welcomed year round garden waste collections, especially if this could be extended to city centre residents and asked that the Council introduce food waste collections. 


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The Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change received a report on 3 March considering how recycling rates could be increased to determine the type of vehicles it should purchase for future recycling collections. Options and criteria for a future recycling service were considered and the Executive Member requested they be worked up as options for further consideration by this Committee. The Executive Member having defined the criteria by which the options should be developed, has been applied to the options in this report. The committee are asked to consider the options that have been developed and determine a preferred option which meets the criteria and is most likely to increase recycling.


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The Committee were joined by The Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change Councillor Widdowson, YorWaste Commercial Director Richard Bates and Council officers to discuss the options for recycling rates in the city and what vehicles the Council should purchase to achieve this. Officers outlined the three options presented in the report, noting the changes that would be made to current collections in options B and C and the types of vehicles that would need to be purchased to deliver what was outlined.


Members discussed which option would provide the most versatility to amend over time. It was noted that option B, due to being the only option which would use a standardised vehicle would provide the most flexibility for the service. With a standardised fleet it was also noted that should there be issues with one collection vehicle, it should be easier for the council to deploy another vehicle to complete its collection.


Member’s discussed option B’s proposal for a year round green waste collection. Officers noted that household waste and recycling centres (HWRC) saw an increase in green waste currently over winter when collections stopped, this would result in HWRC receiving roughly 30% of its summer peak of green waste over winter. It was also noted that year round collections would provide a more regular working pattern year round for staff, which could reduce the need for agency staff as full time staff would be retained. Members discussed whether green waste collections year round would be cost effective and whether or not the evidence provided proved a need for its introduction. It was noted some residents with a lot of brown waste over winter would find collections to be useful year round. It was also confirmed that under option B green waste collection could be extended city wide, to accommodate residents who currently did not have the option of green waste collections.


Discussion took place regarding the options of recyclable materials. Members noted that batteries and textiles outlined in option C might not have enough demand to require collections to be introduced, as well as, concerns that were noted about the safety of battery collections. Consideration was given to whether the Council should increase its range of plastics that are collected. Officers highlighted issues in collecting a wider range of plastics, due to the value of plastics that were not currently recycled. Members welcomed an increased communications plan noted in all options and recommended that more could be done to highlight what materials such as which plastics could be recycled.


Food waste and composting was raised, Members considered what could be introduced to encourage composting and how communal composting could be introduced and encouraged. Officers noted that education on composting could be included in a communications plan for options A, B, or C. In regards to food waste it was suggested that option B would supply the easiest introduction if required due to the standardised vehicles and collection calendar which would allow weekly collections. Local community groups recycling  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.


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