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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 4th July, 2013

Commenced: 10.00am   Time Terminated: 11.15am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)

Councillors Buckley, Cooper, Peet, Piddington, Shember-Critchley, Taylor and Whitehead

Ian Saxon – Assistant Executive Director Environmental Services, Elaine Todd – Assistant Executive Director Asset Management and Investment Partnership, James Mallion – Environmental Strategy Officer, Christina Morton – Environmental Development Officer, Garry Parker – Head of Environmental Services (Waste Services), Lee Holland – Head of Environmental Services (Design and Delivery), Keith Davy – Assistant Borough Solicitor, Legal Services, Darrell Beck – Marketing and Communications Officer.


1. Declarations of Interest

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

2. Chair's Opening Remarks

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting, especially Members new to the Panel: Councillors Piddington and Buckley.

He made reference to issues raised by Cllr Shember-Critchley, as follows:

(a) Water Wheel in Broadbottom

The Assistant Executive Director, Environmental Services explained that the possibility of locating a water wheel in the Broadbottom area had been explored some time ago, however a number of problems had been encountered with regard to access routes for HGV’s required to transport the turbine. Unfortunately, it had been decided that, due to the access problems, it would not be cost effective to pursue this project. However, he agreed, to undertake a feasibility study and revisit the options available and report findings to a future meeting of the Panel.

(b) Carbon Literacy

The Chair requested that Councillor Shember-Critchley prepare information with a view to presenting a motion to a future meeting of Council with regard to Carbon Literacy aims.

(c) Recycling

Councillor Shember-Critchley made reference to the possibility of producing street furniture from recycled materials, in order that the public could see tangible benefits from recycling. Councillor Piddington explained that this had been done in the past.

Discussion ensued with regard to the need to stress the importance of recycling and reinforce the message that recycling saves money which was currently given back to the community in the form of You Choose funding and also that the Council was charged to send waste to landfill.

The Assistant Executive Director, Environmental Services and the Marketing and Communications Officer agreed to explore advertising options and report further to the next meeting of the Panel.

 

3. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 14 March 2013, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

4. Environmental Services Review

The Assistant Executive Director, Environmental Services made reference to the recent major redesign of the Service and outlined the changes in the staffing structure and officer responsibilities, in particular with regard to reporting arrangements to the Panel as follows:

Head of Environmental Services – Environmental Development – Alison Lloyd Walsh
Head of Environmental Services – Waste Services – Garry Parker
Environmental Strategy Officers – James Mallion and Christina Morton

The Chair made reference to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and asked that a representative be invited to attend a future meeting of the Panel to give further information with regard to the Green Hose Award.

Resolved
(a) That the content of the presentation be noted.
(b) That a representative of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service  be invited to attend a future meeting of the Panel to give information with regard to the Green Hose Award.

5. Waste Services - New Ways of Working

Consideration was given to a presentation of the Head of Environmental Services – Waste Services, which gave information with regard to the re-cycling rates in terms of tonnes collected to date, as follows:

Waste Tonnes
Co-mingled 8100
Paper and Cardboard 8100
Food and Garden Waste 11500
General Waste 40450

Current Position for Domestic Collections: 42% recycled

Same Period last year: 36.94% recycled

He further outlined plans for the future, including:

  • Bin Swap - trial in September 2013;
  • Provision of more caddy liners;
  • Performance efficiency; and
  • Identification of service demand and the redirection of remaining resources to those areas.

The Head of Environmental Services – Waste Services, also gave information with regard to a Runcorn based facility, which used non-recyclable material to produce electricity. It was explained that 95% of all waste collected would son have a purpose other than landfill and that significantly less carbon was required for this processing system (45% - 55% efficiency gain).

The Assistant Executive Director, Environmental Services agreed to arrange for the Panel to visit the facility in the future.

Resolved
That the content of the presentation be noted.

6.  Energy Company Obligation Scheme Briefing

Christina Morton, Environmental Strategy Officer, gave information with regard to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme briefing, the subsidised part of the Green Deal Scheme.

She explained the ECO targets as follows:

  • Residents on certain qualifying benefits;
  • People living in deprived areas; and
  • Those living in hard to treat properties.

It was further explained that Greater Manchester’s interim ECO project was running from April 2013 - March 2014. The AGMA tender had been awarded to three companies: Dyson, Carillion and Forrest. Dyson Insulation had been appointed as the delivery provider in Tameside.

Measures available through ECO included:

  • Cavity Wall insulation;
  • External Wall insulation;
  • Loft insulation;
  • New boiler; and
  • Double Glazing.

With regard to progress so far in Tameside, it was reported that canvassing had started and a targeted mail out had taken place and installations had now commenced.

The Chair requested that information regarding uptake of the scheme be provided at the next meeting of the Panel.

Resolved
(a) That the content of the presentation be noted; and
(b) That information with regard to uptake of the ECO scheme be provided to the next meeting of the Panel

7.  Public Buildings Retro Fit

The Assistant Executive Director, Asset and Investment Partnership updated Members with regard to the progress with energy consumption reduction in corporate and civic buildings.

It was reported that 220 operational buildings had been reduced by 60 with a target of at least 40 more going forward. The disposal programme was well under way and some former council buildings were now operating as small businesses.

It was further reported that Photovoltaic panels were operational at Stalybridge Civic Hall and a scheme to improve the lighting and reduce heat loss from pipe works at Manchester Road Primary School, Droylsden, had resulted in savings of £2,860 per annum and a reduction in Carbon emission of 76.25 tonnes per annum.

Further proposals for energy reduction in other civic buildings and school projects were outlined and discussed.

Members sought information with regard to the output of the Photovoltaic Panels at Stalybridge Civic Hall and the need to monitor usage and bills.

The Assistant Executive Director, Asset Management and Investment Partnership, agreed to report further information on this matter to the next meeting of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel.

Resolved
That the presentation be noted and that further information with regard to the output of Photovoltaic Panels at Stalybridge Civic Hall be reported to the next meeting of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel.

8. Construction and Carbon Reduction

The Head of Environmental Services (Design and Delivery) gave details with regard to the Godley Hill access road.

He explained that traditionally, construction waste was taken to landfill and granular fill material imported from a quarry. However, at Godley 3,500cum of excavated material was crushed on site and reused as part of the road construction and 2,000cum of suitable excavated material was reused on site as fill.

This had produced a saving of 59 tonnes of CO2 emissions and £80,000.

Resolved
That the content of the presentation be noted.

9. Ongoing Projects

(a) Affordable Warmth

James Mallion, Environmental Strategy Officer summarised the work that had taken place in Tameside throughout 2012/13 to try to tackle fuel poverty and introduce affordable warmth.

He outlined the key point as follows:

With regard to Warm Front:

  • 252 households assisted
  • £167,095 invested in Tameside Homes

With regard to the Toasty Tameside Campaign:

  • 1,439 measures installed (832 lofts and 607 cavity walls
  • Value of work - £503,650 (at a cost of less than £50k to Tameside)
  • 20,974 tonnes lifetime CO2 savings

With regard to Wealth and Wellbeing Outreach:

  • 4 sessions had taken place
  • 24 residents seen
  • Immediate gain for residents: £4,317

With regard to Warm Homes Healthy People Fund:

  • £105k grant from Department of Health

Councillor Piddington sought further information with regard to the Warm Homes Healthy People Fund. The Environmental Strategy Officer explained that this funding had been available for a very short period, and, unfortunately, there had not been time to publicise widely.

(b) Boiler Scrappage Scheme (Phase 2)

The Environmental Strategy Officer explained that New Charter Building Company had been selected as the installer. He added that changes had been made to take advantage of ECO funding which would allow installation of 230 boilers rather than 100 which had been originally budgeted for. Installations were expected to commence in August 2013.

A copy of the full Affordable Warmth Year End Report for 12/13 was available from James Mallion: james.mallion@tameside.gov.uk or Tel: 0161 342 2246.

Resolved
That the content of the presentation be noted.

10. Dates of Future Meetings

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

12 September 2013
21 November 2013
16 January 2014
13 March 2014

11. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.