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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 3rd July, 2014

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 11.25am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)
Councillors Cooper, Drennan, Jackson, Peet, Piddington, Kinsey, Ryan, Taylor and Whitehead

Officers in Attendance:

Ian Saxon (Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services), Alison Lloyd-Walsh – Head of Environmental Development, James Mallion – Environmental Strategy Officer, Christina Sexton – Environmental Strategy Officer, Garry Parker – Head of Waste Services, Lee Holland – Head of Environmental Services (Design and Delivery) and Darrell Beck – Marketing and Communications Officer.

Apologies for Absence:

Councillor Buckley

1. Declarations Of Interest

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

2. Chair’s Introductory Remarks

The Chair welcomed back Garry Parker, Head of Waste Services and also extended congratulations to James Mallion, Environmental Strategy Officer, who would be taking up a role in Public Health, based at Manchester City Council. He thanked James for his hard work with the Panel and wished him well for the future.

3. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 16 January 2014, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

In response to a query from Members with regard to Minute 32 – Role of Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel, the Head of Environmental Development agreed to circulate a list of listed buildings in the Council’s portfolio

4. 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 schemes implemented in order to reduce this.

It was reported that the North West’s best performing authorities were recycling 60% of their waste. Tameside was currently recycling 40% 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 recycling rates had been recorded to 7 April 2014:-

St Albans 60%
Richmond Park 60%
Ridgehill 53%
Two Trees 53%

These initial results suggested potential reduction in residual tonnages of 25 – 30%. A 25% reduction on 2013/14 levels was equivalent to approximately 10,000 tonnes. At £300 per tonne (2014/15 rate) that was a potential saving of £2.9 million. It was further reported that the level of overall satisfaction with the refuse and recycling collection service was 82.9%.

The Head of Waste Services concluded that a full evaluation of the pilot bin swap scheme was underway and all options were being considered, going forward.


That the content of the presentation be noted.

5. Update On Green Deal Communities Project

Christina Sexton, Environmental Strategy Officer reported on Greater Manchester’s Green Deal Campaign – Little Bill, which was a re-branding of the ‘Mr Toasty’ scheme.

It was explained that this was open to all residents across Greater Manchester, with cash incentives of up to £7000 currently of offer through the scheme.

It was further reported that Greater Manchester had successfully secured funding from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), to deliver 200 retrofitted homes across Greater Manchester by April 2015 as well as 30 demonstration homes in selected areas across Greater Manchester (3 to be in Tameside). The three areas chosen to focus this work in Tameside are: Mossley, Hyde Godley/Werneth and Denton West.

The Head of Environmental Development made reference to the Queen’s Speech 2014 and the Infrastructure Bill and an amendment to Zero Carbon standard for new homes built form 2016, including an exemption for ‘smaller developments’ (yet to be defined) and that larger developments could offset carbon by paying into energy efficiency projects elsewhere.


That the content of the presentation be noted.

6. Led Street Lighting Update

The Head of Environmental Services (Design and Delivery) gave an update with regard to the pilot of LED street lighting on the trial site of Hillary Road Estate, Newton.

Details of capital investment costs and energy consumption savings were highlighted and it was reported that the trial had indicated that consumption would be cut by one third.


That the content of the presentation be noted and that a report be submitted to Executive Board detailing the findings of the pilot scheme and giving the support of the Panel.

7. Boiler Scrappage Scheme 2013

James Mallion, Environmental Strategy Officer, reported the final figures for the scheme as follows:

  • 289 new, A-rated boilers had been in installed in Tameside homes;
  • Additional ECO funding had paid for 34 of these;
  • Good feedback had been received by residents;
  • Estimated total carbon savings of around 230 tonnes CO² per year – the equivalent of taking 45 cars off the road or lighting 2,000 energy saving bulbs for a year.


That the presentation be noted.

8. Wind Energy Project

James Mallion, Environmental Strategy Officer, reported that Tameside MBC had assigned JBA consulting to deliver a wind power feasibility study in the Borough.

The study was in its early stages at the moment and a progress report would be submitted to a future meeting of the Panel.

9. District Heat Network

The Head of Environmental Development informed the Panel that Tameside MBC had applied to DECC for monies to fund a feasibility study into the creation of a District Heat Network in Ashton town centre.

Further information was expected from DECC in August 2014.

10. Update On The New Public Service Centre

The Head of Environmental Development updated Members with regard to progress of the new public service centre building.

It was reported that the new building project had been registered with BREEAM under 2011 standards. It was explained that BREEAM was an international building standard for sustainability, which assesses a range of aspects of a new build. Given current budget plans, it was expected that the new building would achieve a rating of ‘Very Good’.

Progress reports would be submitted to future meetings of the Panel.

11. Dates Of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel would meet on Thursday 11 September 2014 at 10.00am.

12. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.