Issue details

20/00120 - Waste performance payments for Canterbury City Council & Thanet District Council

Proposed decision – The Cabinet Member for Environment proposes to provide continued financial support for the kerbside collection systems, through Inter Authority Agreements which detail a performance-based payment scheme. Canterbury City Council & Thanet District Council are implementing kerbside household waste collection services to sustain increased recycling and composting levels. Payments will be based upon waste disposal cost reduction, with savings shared equally between the County Council and both Collection Authorities.


Reason for the decision: These proposed agreements accord with the policy approach agreed by the Cabinet Committee on the 31st May 2018, that new Waste Partnership Agreements with Collection Authorities should include the reward based on performance.


Background: Partnership agreements and shared savings have proved to be a very successful method to share the benefits and rewards of reducing residual waste, they actively act as an incentive and have driven higher levels of recycling and therefore positive environmental outcomes. They have already been implemented in West Kent at Gravesham, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells Folkestone & Hythe and Dover District and Borough Councils.


Options: The existing fixed enabling payments will no longer continue as the East Kent Waste Partnership ends in January 2021. These fixed payments have not proved to incentivise collection Authorities to achieve the targeted levels of recyclate. KCC has borne this commercial risk over the last 7 years


How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving   Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’: Improved and available kerbside recycling schemes contributes to the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, supports a good quality of life for residents and allows sustainable waste growth through increased housing and population growth.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Broadstairs; Canterbury City North; Canterbury City South; Canterbury North; Canterbury South; Margate; Ramsgate;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/12/2020

Decision due: Not before 13th Jan 2021 by Cabinet Member for Environment
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Environment

Lead director: Simon Jones

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: David Beaver, Head of Waste Management and Business Services Phone number: 03000411620 Email:


Views will be sought and included in the report to Cabinet Committee / Cabinet Member and the record of decision if requested by the Local Members.

Financial implications: Total for the overall revenue costs £6.5m for up to an 8-year agreed term. There is no capital expenditure. This term is equal to the term of kerbside collection specification or contract. Funding and budget line P7WE61022523000000000. The new agreement represents a cost saving for the Authority and this is included in the Medium Term Financial Plan, any higher payments will be as a consequence of improved recycling performance, funded by reduced disposal cost.

Legal implications: Invicta Law will review the final draft agreements. Current drafts are based upon existing approved drafts by of Invicta Law

Equalities implications: An EqIA has been undertaken with no identified impacted protected characteristics as this is a Business to Business agreement. The District Councils will have developed an EqIA that is relative to the service they are delivering for their residents.


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