Agenda and minutes

Allerdale Waste Services Shareholder Committee - Monday 23rd August, 2021 3.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

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To agree as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 25 May 2021.



The minutes of the meeting held on 25 May 2021 were agreed as a correct record.



Declaration of interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda, in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.


None declared.



Service Delivery Plan, Financial Update and Health and Safety Report pdf icon PDF 290 KB

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The Managing Director/Operations Manager of Allerdale Waste Services presented to the Committee a quarterly progress report of the company for the period April to June 2021.


The Committee noted a comparison of the amount of tonnage of waste and recycling that was collected against the same quarter in the previous year and the number of missed containers during that period.


The report also highlighted the main health and safety activities that had been undertaken.


Members asked questions in relation to taxi testing, missed container collections and recycling opportunities .


Debate ensued in relation to staff absence; officers advised that Covid 19 was a major contributing factor but that six staff were also on long term sickness absence. Members discussed the financial costs of sickness absence, which are increased by the additional weekend working hours required to cover missed scheduled collections.




That the quarterly progress report be noted.



Stakeholder Management and Community Engagement (Local Government Reorganisation)


The Operations Manager (Waste) provided an update to members, advising that formal negotiations with Copeland Borough Council and Carlisle City Council had begun.


Members were provided with the Cumbria Strategic Waste Partnership (CSWP) Baseline Position Statement. Hani Cox (CSWP) was in attendance at the meeting, advising that the partnership is meeting fortnightly and current key topics are household collection and disposal and whether they can become one service. The CSWP are looking at data and best practice from all Cumbrian Councils to understand the opportunities available to shape the new service(s).


Members acknowledged that Local Government Reorganisation will provide opportunities to improve collections in both the West and East of the County.


Members asked questions of both CSWP and AWS officers in relation to potential new collection options.




That the update be noted.





Core Business Development Opportunities (Waste & Recycling)


The Managing Director of Allerdale Waste Services provided an update to members, including the delivery of containers, MOT/Taxi Testing, Bulky Collections and Trade Waste.


Members were advised that the demand for bulky collection is outstripping supply and they have reallocated resources to create additional capacity. AWS are also exploring opportunities to increase the number of trade waste customers and will report to members at future meetings.




That the update be noted.



Non-Core Business Development Opportunities


The Managing Director of AWS explained that they are looking at several non-core opportunities including Facilities Management, Fleet Management, Grounds Maintenance and Building Cleaning.


A site visit has been arranged to East Cheshire Council, who also operate a Local Authority Trading Company (LATCO) to understand and explore further opportunities.




That the update be noted.