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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 14th July, 2011

Commenced: 9.30am Time Terminated: 10.00pm

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillors B. Holland (Chair), Cooper, Peet, Taylor and Whitehead.

Officers in attendance:

Ian Saxon, Mike Gurney, Andrew Leah, Garry Parker, Paul Jennings, Gary Mongan.

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors Beeley, Parker-Perry and Smith.
Amy Butler and Erika Hopkinson.

1. Chair's Introduction

The Chair, Councillor Barrie Holland welcomed the new Panel Members, Councillors Cooper and Peet to their first meeting of the Carbon Reduction Panel.

2. Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest to report at this meeting.

3. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 24 March 2011, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

4. Decentralised Energy Study

That this item be deferred.

5. Renewable Projects Update

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services detailing the current renewable energy projects, which demonstrated the Council’s leadership as a champion of renewable and secure energy generation and signalled the Council’s commitment to reducing Tameside’s carbon footprint.

It was reported that the projects would also reduce the Council’s expenditure on electricity bills and could help offset future savings targets by generating income for the Council. Details were given of solar photovoltaic projects at Stalybridge Civic Hall and Ash Road Environmental Centre, Droylsden.

A capital programme bid had been successful to fund the installation of the solar panels at Stalybridge Civic Hall and officers had been working on the tender document which was currently being prepared in conjunction with Envirolink Northwest, which was a company funded by the Northwest Development Agency to help promote growth in low carbon goods and services. Work was anticipated to commence on site in September 2011.

With regard to Ash Road Environmental Centre, Droylsden it was reported that officers had been looking at the suitability of other council owned buildings which were south facing, in order to gain maximum benefit of a solar photovoltaic scheme. A feasibility study was currently being undertaken at Ash Road Environmental Centre.

Reference was also made to the Broadbottom site which had been identified as a possible site for introducing a hydro scheme. Engineers had undertaken investigations of the site and it had become apparent that the Archimedean screw required for the weir was much larger than anticipated and would therefore need a much longer vehicle to transport it, making road access virtually impossible down Hodge Lane. Officers were currently considering other options in order to transport the screw to the weir.

That the report be noted.

6. Recycling Performance Update 2010/11

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services detailing the Council’s recycling performance for 2010/11 and the performance in the first quarter of 2011/12.

Details were given of the analysis of all the data collected, which showed that 35.09% of all waste collected during 2010/11 had been diverted from landfill and this equated to 30,704 tonnes of recyclable material, which included all waste collected from the domestic wheeled bins and all other Council waste that was disposed of using the processing plants operated by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.

Reference was made to the targets which had been set to divert the following additional tonnage during 2011/12:-

  • Co-mingled waste – 1318 tonnes diverted;
  • Paper and cardboard – 2074 tonnes diverted; and
  • Bio-waste – 6025 tonnes diverted.

Monitoring of performance was undertaken on a weekly basis and there had been a short fall in the amount of paper and cardboard collected, but a large decrease in the amount of residual domestic waste collected and being sent to landfill.

It was reported that each delivery of waste was weighed on delivery and that there was software in place to record from which area the waste had been generated and allowed the management team to direct resources into areas where the biggest improvements were available.

There had been a pilot scheme undertaken in the Holy Trinity area of Ashton-under-Lyne and a further pilot scheme would be undertaken in Hyde around Great Norbury Street. Commercial waste was also being currently targeted.

Particular reference was made to the effects of recycling performance on carbon emissions and the table detailed showed the conversion factors that had been applied to the different amounts of waste collected. During 2010/11 all the recyclable material collected had generated a total of 32,165,438 kilograms of carbon emissions which had saved 20,060,862 kilograms of carbon emissions over the material life cycle.

Details were given of the actions for further carbon reduction and it was reported that over 30% of all the properties in Tameside were not contributing to the collection of organic waste and to encourage more waste collection, the provision of caddies was being investigated to those properties which did not have a brown bin.

Other actions being considered for the reduction of carbon emissions were as follows:-

  • Schools and businesses now had a free waste collection service;
  • Development of a communication strategy linked with the Council’s Communication Team, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority and the Events Team;
  • The mapping out of the worst performing areas with regard to paper and cardboard collections;
  • An increase in enforcement activity;
  • State of the art disposal facilities across the North West, the use of Bayley Street for all paper, glass cans, paper and cardboard and residual domestic waste;
  • Maximising the use of disposal facilities and reducing the amount of travelling time within District Assemblies and Engineering;
  • Continuing to work with a private company to increase the average mile per gallon of a refuse collection vehicle from an average 2.6 mpg to a targeted 4 mpg; and
  • A target of 50% of all waste collected being diverted from landfill was being targeted for 2012/15.

That the report be noted.

7. Ashton POD – New Cycle Point Facility, Ashton Pools

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director, Economic and Technical Services detailing the recent bid submission made to the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester for a proposed new Cycle Point Facility at Ashton Pools.

The Council had submitted a “Key Component Bid” to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which supported sustainable transport solutions that underpinned economic growth whilst reducing carbon. The Local Sustainable Transport Fund provided £560 million for the period 2011/12 to 2014/15 to support these objectives and Greater Manchester was eligible to bid for up to £50 million.

The scheme composed a new Cycle Point Facility at Ashton Pools, which was adjacent to the existing rail, bus and future Metrolink facilities within Ashton Town Centre. The proposal also included a hire facility and high quality showers, together with a refreshment area.

Reference was made to Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the scheme, the consultation process and details of the car mileage savings which were detailed at Appendix 1.

That the report be noted.

8. Street Lighting and Carbon Reduction Commitment

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services detailing the advantages of switching the authorities street lighting from a dynamic to a passive supply, removing the requirement to report street lighting energy consumption via the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

Reference was made to dynamic and passive supplies and details were given of the savings which could be made by the Council by switching the street lighting from dynamic to passive supply, which totalled in the region of £70,000 in Carbon Reduction Commitment allowances in the first year. This amount would rise as the price the Council had to pay per tonne of carbon emissions emitted rose (currently this was £12 per tonne).

It was also reported that in addition to the saving made through the removal of street lighting from the Carbon Reduction Commitment, evidence suggested that switching to passive supply had also reduced the monthly street lighting bills as follows:-

April £87,842.22 April £80,142.7
May £74,841.39 May £68,814.86

This represented an annual reduction in costs of approximately 8% resulting in further savings of £80,000 per annum.

That the report be noted.

9. Dates of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon Reduction Panel would meet on the following dates, commencing at 10.00am:-

15 September 2011, 17 November 2011, 19 January 2012 and 15 March 2012.

10. Urgent Items

The Chair reported that there were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.