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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 16th January, 2014

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 10.45am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)
Councillors Buckley, Peet and Taylor

Officers in Attendance:

Ian Saxon (Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services), Elaine Todd (Assistant Executive Director – Asset Management and Investment Partnership), Alison Lloyd-Walsh – Head of Environmental Development, James Mallion – Environmental Strategy Officer and Christina Sexton – Environmental Strategy Officer.

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors Cooper, Jackson, Piddington, Shember-Critchley and Whitehead.

30. Declarations Of Interest

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

31. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 21 November 2013, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

32. Role Of Carbon And Waste Reduction Panel

The Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services) reported that Members of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel were committed to working together to achieve a more sustainable Tameside and the role of the Panel was to influence across this agenda and work together to ensure that the people and businesses of Tameside reduced their energy consumption and carbon emissions, together with reducing waste and conserving water.

He further reported on the four objectives of the Panel as follows:-

  • Reduce carbon emissions across Tameside;
  • Education – ensure ‘carbon literacy’ was embedded into the culture of the Council and across the borough;
  • Be prepared for a rapidly changing climate; and
  • Ensure that the transition to a low carbon economy across Tameside was supported.

Details were given of the plans and priorities as follows:

  • Raising the awareness of impact of climate change – mitigation and adaptation;
  • Scrutiny of Vision Tameside ;
  • Installation of solar to relevant buildings in Council portfolio – reduction of emissions;
  • Harnessing hydro power;
  • Carbon literacy for staff – reduction of Council energy bills;
  • Environmental business pledge –reduction of energy costs of local business;
  • Energy switch/Get Me Toasty – reduction of fuel poverty for Tameside communities; and
  • Tameside Greater Manchester Green Deal – reduction of domestic emissions.


That the presentation be noted.

33. Carbon Project Updates

The Environmental Strategy Officer gave updates on the following initiatives:-

  • Get Me Toasty Campaign – 119 boilers had been installed with 25 boilers waiting to be installed. 94 insulation measures had been installed (loft and cavity wall) – 47 insulation measures pending install. £300k funding had been invested into Tameside homes with the scheme running until the end of March 2014;
  • Greater Manchester Energy Auction – collective switching would be open for registration on 20 January 2014 and the auction would take place on 4 March 2014 – contact 0800 988 2426 or email: www.betterenergydeals.org.uk


That the report be noted.

34. Update On The New Public Service Centre

The Assistant Executive Director (Asset Management and Investment Partnership) gave a presentation in respect of the joint service centre and college co-location plans. She explained that there were three phases to the scheme as follows:-

  • Phase 1 – Tameside College to build new Advanced Learning Centre (Post 16) on part of Camp Street car park and construction of Engineering and Technology Centre by September 2015;
  • Phase 2 – demolition and rebuilding of TAC as a public service building with retail and college – 2017; and
  • Phase 3 – further redevelopment of college site on Beaufort Road – 2017.

Details were given of the timescales for Phase 2 with planned demolition of TAC starting spring/summer 2015 and decant from TAC commencing in Autumn 2014. The construction of the new joint service centre was planned for 2017, including customer services, library and key strategic and operational partners. It was reported that there would be approximately a 60% reduction in space and the new building would be in operation 24 hours every day.

In respect of the co-location of Tameside College, it was reported that 3000 students and 400 college staff would be relocating into the town centre to sustain the College’s future and bring local spend into the town centre.

She further reported that the design process would be driven by future service delivery needs and the process would look at other elements, including design, sustainability, access, functionality, adjacencies to other services, storage and access to data and services including ICT enabled communications, building services and energy management.

With regard to sustainability it was reported that after demolitions, the recycling of furniture, fixtures and fittings, building fabric, glass and metal would be undertaken. Local contractors and suppliers would be used and natural materials would be locally sourced.

The Chair requested that the Architects, once appointed, be requested to attend the Panel to give a presentation on the new build.


  1. That the presentation be noted.
  2. That the appointed Architect be requested to attend the next Panel meeting to give a presentation on the new public service centre.

35. Waste Services Update

Consideration was given to a presentation of the Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services) detailing the impact of increasing levy’s on the amount of waste currently sent to landfill and the need to reduce this.

It was reported that the North West’s best performing authorities were recycling almost 70% of their waste. Tameside was currently recycling 45% of all waste collected. The model used by the best performing authorities included a 140 litre bin for residual domestic waste; Tameside currently had a mix of 240 litre bins and 180 litre bins across the Borough.

The Head of Waste Services explained that a number of options had been considered in order to improve recycling rates and it had been decided that a ‘Bin Swap’ would be the most appropriate with low set up costs with the overall disposal capacity remaining the same; with less landfill opportunity and more recycling capacity.

Four pilot areas had been identified to trial the ‘Bin Swap’ (Ridgehill, St Albans, Haughton Green and Richmond Park) which had been launched on 18 November 2013. To date the following results had been recorded:-

  • Co-mingled waste had increased to 49%;
  • Paper and card had increased to 32%;
  • Garden and food waste had increased to 55%; and
  • Landfill waste had reduced to 44%.

It was further explained that a further 71.6% of the contents of the average landfill bin could be recycled in one of the bins already provided to residents. It was also reported that the pilot scheme would be rolled out to other areas in the borough.


That the content of the presentation be noted.

36. Dates Of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel would meet on Thursday 13 March 2014 at 10.00am.

37. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.