Agenda and minutes

Place Select Committee - Monday 9th October, 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton CentralLibrary, Stockton - on - Tees, TS18 1TU

Contact: Scrutiny Support Officer Rachel Harrison 

No. Item


Evacuation Procedure pdf icon PDF 9 KB


The Committee noted the evacuation and housekeeping procedure.


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 11 September 2023.


AGREED the minutes of the meeting held on 11 September 2023 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Scrutiny Review of Domestic Waste Collections, Kerbside Recycling and Green Waste pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To receive evidence from a representative from the Waste and Resources Action Programme.

Additional documents:


The Select Committee received a presentation on M.E.L Research analysis of waste and recycling in Stockton-on-Tees from the review’s link officer, which included:


• M.E.L Waste Analysis

• Composition of Residual Waste

• Participation Rates

• Food Waste


The Select Committee received a presentation on waste and recycling in Stockton-on-Tees, from a Local Authority Technical Consultant from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which included:


• WRAP Support to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (SBC)

• National Context

• Local Context

• Benchmarking Performance - comparing SBC’s recycling and residual waste rates with WRAP ‘nearest neighbour’ Rurality Group 4 (suburban/ high deprivation) authorities

• Separate Food Waste Collections

• Refuse Collection Frequency over Time (% households in England) – data from 2010/11 – 2021/22

• Outline of 4 Alternative Collection Scenarios

• Assessment of Alternative Collection Scenarios

• Timeline for WRAP Modelling and Results Feedback


The main issues highlighted from the presentations and discussed were as follows:


• Following the coronavirus pandemic, waste composition had changed because of a change in buying habits. There was an increase in cardboard packaging disposal, due to an increase in online purchasing, and a decrease in paper disposal, due to a decrease in purchasing of printed newspapers.

• Members questioned if food waste would have to be collected separately. It was confirmed that this would be the case. It was added that the Environment Act 2021 stated that food waste was the only material to have a specified timeframe for collection.

• In terms of benchmarking, it was highlighted that SBC collected high quality recycling but only collected a low amount compared to other authorities. SBC also collected its residual waste more frequently than other Councils and provided residents with a larger bin. Barrow-in Furness Council was the only other Council within the Rurality Group 4 that collected residual waste weekly.

• Other local authorities had experienced a reduction in overall waste tonnage by reducing the capacity of residual waste bins (either by reducing the size of bins or the frequency of collections).

• Officers requested if a correlation between larger bin sizes and a larger amount of waste could be included in WRAP’s analysis report. This was agreed.

• Members questioned if there had been an increase in fly tipping if bin sizes or frequency of collections were reduced. WRAP had researched this issue previously and could not find a clear link between an increase in fly tipping resulting from a decrease in the frequency of collection or size of bins. However, it was noted that fly tipping was reported through various channels, and this made it difficult to assess the situation fully.

• It was confirmed that three weekly collections would not be included in WRAP’s scenario analysis of SBC’s waste and recycling service.

• A discussion on green waste was held, and Members highlighted the problem of residents sometimes disposing of green waste in their 240l wheeled bins with residual waste. Further information on green waste would be provided by officers as  ...  view the full minutes text for item PLA/15/23


Chair's Update and Work Programme 2023-2024 pdf icon PDF 80 KB


The Chair informed the Committee that a request had been received from a Member to move the meeting start time to 4pm and that any changes to meeting times would be effective from January 2024. The Committee agreed to move Committee meeting start times from 2pm to 4pm.


Consideration was given to the Work Programme.


The next meeting would be held on Monday 13 November 2023.


AGREED that the new Committee meeting start time (from January 2024) and the Work Programme be noted.