Manchester City Council

Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Behaviour Change and Waste Task and Finish Group
Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 2.30 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension, Manchester City Council

Contact: Lee Walker 

Items
No. Item

7.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2019.

Minutes:

Decision

 

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2019.

 

8.

Businesses and Management of Waste pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Strategic Lead (Waste, Recycling and Street Cleansing)

 

This report provides Members with further information about the work being undertaken to encourage and support businesses to effectively manage their waste.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Group considered the report of the Strategic Lead, Waste, Recycling and Street Cleansing Services that provided Members with further information about the work being undertaken to encourage and support businesses to effectively manage their waste.

 

Officers referred to the main points and themes within the report which included: -

 

·         Providing information on the teams which worked collaboratively to deliver the services to fulfil the Council’s statutory duties in respect of ensuring businesses complied with the requirements set out in the Environment Protection Act (1990), to reduce escape of litter and ensure that waste was disposed of correctly;

·         Information on the City Council’s partnership with Keep Britain Tidy with the aim of becoming the first ‘Tidy City’ in the UK by the end of 2020;

·         Noting that many businesses were actively involved with Keep Manchester Tidy as part of their corporate social responsibility; and

·         Providing information and case studies on initiatives. 

 

The Group viewed a video presentation that had been produced to highlight the recent clean-up of the Shudehill area that had been delivered in partnership with a range of local business partners and stakeholders.

 

Some of the key points that arose from the Group’s discussions were: -

 

·         How could the benefits realised in the city centre be replicated in district centres;

·         What was being done in areas of the city centre where there was no common interest to address issues of waste and physical improvements;

·         What was being done to engage with larger, national businesses;

·         What was being done to address commercial waste that was not associated with ‘shop front’ businesses, such as builders waste and private landlords; and

·         Noting the success of the Cheetham Hill Action Day that had been delivered with a range of partners, commenting that this should be replicated to allow discussions and engagement with residents and businesses across a range of subjects.

 

Alex King referred to the Clean Your Door Step Guide that was currently being developed by City Co as an online resource to provide local businesses with practical advice and guidance on what they could and could not do to improve the local physical environment, such as advice on organising community days and clean up events.

 

The Project Manager, Keep Manchester Tidy informed the Group that positive relationships had been established with national companies at a local level, noting the positive contribution Tesco had played in the Cheetham Hill area with clean up events and that Selfridges had delivered litter picks in the Strangeways area. She stated that national businesses had also provided ‘in kind’ support to events such as providing refreshments to volunteers and access to toilet facilities. She stated that national businesses also used such events as an opportunity to demonstrate and discharge their commitments to social responsibility. She added that local positive relationships had been established with McDonalds, commenting that work was being developed to promote the littering campaign targeted at vehicle litter ‘Don’t Be A Tosser’ at drive throughs.

 

Alex King added national companies like to demonstrate their  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Feedback from Members on their findings

The purpose of this item is for Members to feed back on their

findings and are invited to propose recommendations based on

the evidence they have considered. These recommendations will

then inform the final report which will be submitted to the final

meeting of the Task and Finish Group which will conclude this

investigation.

Minutes:

Members were invited to feedback on their findings and were invited to propose recommendations based on the evidence that they had considered. These recommendations would then inform the final report that would be submitted to the final meeting of the group for approval.

 

The Chair recommended that Members reflect on the meetings and the evidence that they had considered and to email himself and the Scrutiny Support Officer by the 9 August 2019 with any recommendations that they would like considered for inclusion in the final report. These would then be included in the final report that would be submitted to the Group for final approval before being submitted to the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee for endorsement.

 

Decision

 

To recommend that Members email the Chair and the Scrutiny Support Officer by the 9 August 2019 with any recommendations that they would like considered for inclusion in the final report.

 

10.

Terms of Reference and Work Programme pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit

 

Members are invited to review and approve the terms of reference and work programme.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Task and Finish Group considered the terms of reference and future work programme and were invited to make any amendments.

 

Decision

 

To approve the work programme and terms of reference.