(David Beaver, Head of Waste Management and Business Services was in attendance for this item)
(1) Miss Carey (Cabinet Member for the Environment) introduced the report which asked the cabinet committee to consider and endorse, or make recommendations on a proposed decision to give authority to the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport to approve expenditure for the replacement of waste compactors, with a service and maintenance contract, at Kent’s household waste recycling centres (HWRCs). She said the current compactors were old and many were beyond economic repair. A programme had begun to replace the compactors where failure was imminent; however, a commissioning exercise alongside a repairs and maintenance schedule was required to ensure their continued operation .
(2) In response to a question, Mr Beaver said different waste streams were compacted separately and were, typically, condensed by 70% which allowed more waste to be brought into the HWRCs by householders and resulted in a financially efficient and cost-effective onward haulage solution. He also said most of the waste produced in Kent was re-processed in Kent with only small amounts being processed outside the county, and that the obsolete compactors would be recycled.
(3) RESOLVED that the proposed decision to be taken by the Cabinet Member for the Environment to give authority to the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport to approve expenditure for the replacement of waste compactors, with a service and maintenance contract at Kent’s household waste recycling centres be endorsed.