Members received a presentation which detailed the Council’s Resource & Waste Strategy.
Members were advised that the two main aims of the strategy were to maximise the value of the resource and to minimise waste and its impact on the environment. To achieve this there were five strategic ambitions.
1. To work towards all plastic packaging placed on the market being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025;
2.To work towards eliminating food waste to landfill by 2030;
3.To eliminate avoidable plastic waste over the lifetime of the 25 Year Environment Plan;
4.To double resource productivity by 2050; and
5.To eliminate avoidable waste of all kinds by 2050.
Members noted the issues pertinent to Havering were as follows:
1. Extended Producer Responsibility
• Deposit Return Schemes
• LA funding
• Tax on packaging
2. Sustainable Consumption
• Ban on some single-use plastic products
• Maximising re-use, e.g. 3rd sector
• Encourage more drinking fountains
3. Consistency in Collections
• Separate food waste collections by 2023
• Consultation on free garden waste collections
• Review of material quality
4. Tackling Waste Crime
•Improving quality of exports
•Introduction of targets
•Support for Love Food Hate Waste initiatives / pilots
•Quantification of reuse and repair activities
Members were advised that the GLA Strategy stipulated separate rubbish collections however the current refuse contract prevented this. Talks were ongoing with ELWA.
Members were advised that both Havering and ELWA would be engaging with the industry and would ensure responses were provided on relevant consultations and calls for evidence.
The Sub-Committee noted the overview.