Decision details

Review of Waste & Recycling Policies

Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Josie Falco, the Head of Recycling and Waste, presented a report of an efficiency review of the Council’s waste and recycling policies undertaken by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).  LWARB recommended that the development and application of revised policies would lead to greater efficiencies in the service, potential savings and contribute to elevating material up the waste hierarchy. The report detailed the outcome of the review, the benefits of adopting revised policies and sought approval for the introduction of amended policies.


Josie Falco outlined plans to undertake an educational campaign for brown bins to be used for “non-recyclable waste” only, as recycling material was still being deposited in brown bins by some residents. At present 8% of residents (4,000 properties) presented more than one brown bin, and the aim was to reduce this to one brown bin only to encourage more recycling and greater use of green bins. The Council was currently embarking on a campaign to provide information on what items could be recycled and put in green bins.


Josie Falco also gave an update on the improvement in flats recycling following the council’s receipt of money from the Department of Communities and Local Government for this purpose.


Josie Falco informed the committee that although London Borough of Sutton was fourth best in London for recycling dry mixed material per household, 23% of waste was still being disposed of as “general waste” rather than being recycled, and so improvements could still be made.


 A vote was taken on the recommendation. Seven members voted in favour and one member (Councillor Tony Shields) abstained from the vote. It was therefore:


RESOLVED:  That the Environment and Neighbourhood committee approves the waste and recycling policies 2016 listed at 4.4 of the report and detailed in Appendix A from April 2016.


Publication date: 11/12/2015

Date of decision: 26/11/2015

Decided at meeting: 26/11/2015 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

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