Agenda item

Street Cleaning, Waste, Clean and Green

Minutes:

Lauren advised that Nick O’Neill hadn’t been able to make the meeting, and as such he has provided a written update.

Waste

·           After a recent recruitment drive, the service now have fully staffed crews apart from holidays and sickness, so the use of agency staff has reduced from approx. 35-40 per day to 6-10, with the majority of staff being from within the borough.

·           The service has invested heavily in new vehicles which are more fuel efficient with less emissions and a greater carrying capacity.

 

Street Cleansing

·           A new dedicated Supervisor, Peter McCallion, is in post and the service has also recruited to vacant positions in this area.  Peter is looking at mapping the area for schedules of cleansing to be implemented.

 

Grounds Maintenance

·           Middleton in Bloom judging is on 24 July 2018 so there is a big push on this work as we get nearer the date.  The recent dry spell has hampered efforts in watering but they are trying to get an additional bowser in to assist the present two.  As the date gets nearer, they will be flooding the route with resources from Street Cleansing, Grounds, Clean and Green and the Hit Teams.

·           In the months March, April, March and June, the Clean and Green Team carried out 216 jobs.

 

Hit Teams

·           The Hit Teams attended 3,368 jobs across the borough in 12 months collecting 685 tonnes of waste, 657 tonnes from Council land and 28 tonnes from private land.  The cost of this provision including vehicles, staff and tipping charges is £450k per year (not including enforcement officers’ costs).

 

Sharron Stevens advised that the bins on Springfield Road and in Jubilee Park are still not being emptied on a regular basis, and in the current hot weather conditions they are becoming increasingly smelly.  (Action: Lauren to contact Nick O’Neill and Gerard Proudman and request that bins are emptied on a more regular basis)

Mike White advised that he would like to thank the ‘Street Cleaning Team’ for the brilliant job they do, but felt that improvements could be made with the waste collections team who often, after emptying wheelie bins, just dumped them and don’t return them to where they were collected from.  (Action: Lauren to feed this back to Paul Bowerman who is Waste Manager)

Howard Bowden stated he felt grateful that Rochdale Borough Council does not charge for waste bins, as is done in some Local Authorities.  A discussion took place about previous pilots in other Local Authorities to charge a set amount per waste bin when the bins are collected and weighed.  Councillors confirmed that this is not something that Rochdale Borough Council has ever done nor is this being considered.

Concerns were raised about the amount of cigarette ends and glasses (plastic and glass) dumped outside the Roebuck Pub, and following a discussion it was agreed that this problem would be raised with the Public Realm Inspectorswith a request for them to visit the location.  It would also be fed back through the ‘Pub Watch Scheme’ ran by GMP PC Tracey Lowe.  (Action: Lauren to liaise with Public Realm Inspectors and PC Tracey Lowe)