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									  Medway Waste Strategy
Public Consultation Workshop

      Medway Waste Forum

           29th June 2005

        Workshop Report
  1   Workshop agenda
  2   Presentations and workshop output
  3   What will happen to the workshop output?
  4   Workshop attendees
1       Workshop agenda

A workshop session was held at the Medway Waste form meeting on Wednesday 29th
June at the Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester.

The session ran from 7:00 pm to 9:50 pm. The agenda for the meeting is laid out below:

1.   Welcome (Medway Waste Forum)                                       7.00 pm
2.   Introduction (Diana Lock, ReMaDe Kent)                             7.05 pm
3.   Why we need a waste strategy (Medway Council)                      7.10 pm
4.   Medway waste strategy (AEA Technology)                             7.20 pm
5.   MWF’S Preferred Principles for the Strategy                        7.45 pm
        Questions                                                       7.50 pm
6. What would the Waste Forum like to see in the strategy? (WORKSHOP)

Presentation on where we are now with waste reduction and recycling    7.55 pm
 Workshop 1: Waste Prevention and Recycling                           8.05 pm
       What level of recycling should Medway be aiming to achieve?
       What do you think we should be doing to reduce waste at source?
       What do you think we should be doing to increase recycling and composting?
Presentation on Disposal options                                       8.25 pm
 Workshop 2: Disposal                                                 8.35 pm
       Comments on dealing with residual waste
       BPEO ranking exercise
Presentation on making the right choices                               8.50 pm
 Workshop 3: Making the right choices for Medway                      9.00 pm
       What is your view about the outline approach?
7. Next Steps (Medway Council)                                          9.15 pm
        Questions                                                       9.25 pm
8. Future working relationships (Medway Waste Forum)                    9.35 pm
9. Meeting close (Diana Lock, ReMaDe Kent)                              9. 45pm

Facilitators and presenters:
Paul Robinson       Medway Waste Forum, Joint Chair MWF and presenter
Ian Hargraves       Medway Waste Forum, Joint Chair MWF and presenter

Sarah Dagwell       Medway Council, Presenter
Russell Davies      Medway Council, Presenter
Nicole Jaitner      AEA Technology, Presenter

Diana Lock          Re-Made Kent and Medway, Facilitator
John Ronan          Medway Council, Facilitator Assistant
Andy Bateman        Medway Council, Facilitator Assistant
Andrew Kent         Re-Made Kent and Medway, Facilitator Assistant
Alex Green          Environment Agency, Facilitator Assistant
2     Presentations & workshop output

Paul Robinson welcomed the attendees and this was followed by an introduction to the
meeting by Diana Lock.

Sarah Dagwell gave an initial presentation on ‘Why do we need a waste strategy’, This
was followed by a presentation by AEA on the progress to date in producing the waste
strategy and the BPEO process. Ian Hargraves then presented the MWF preferred
principles for the strategy.

Questions for clarification were answered.

Sarah Dagwell then gave a presentation on where we currently are with waste reduction
and recycling in Medway.

Delegates were asked to indicate the level of recycling they would like to see achieved
within Medway.

What level of recycling should Medway be aiming to achieve?
Results at the high end; between 80-95% (average from the workshop).

The general comments from the forum were they would like to see Medway Council adopt
their ‘Zero Waste’ policy.

Delegates were then asked to comment on the following two questions related to waste
reduction and recycling:

What do you think we should be doing to reduce waste at source?
 Max no of black bags
 Government legislation on packaging
 Manufactures take-back
 Check street by street black bag contents
 Packaging – supermarkets – pressure
 Consumables – better use - durability
 Banning plastics bags – recycle or paper bags
 Unwanted equipment collection
 Better literature
 Educating gap between children and older generation
 Packaging tax
 Less packaging – manufactures and sellers
 Paper bags in supermarkets or no bags at all
 Waste diversion, reuse first
 Reduce amount of black bags – the actual bags
 Promote real nappies
 Communication and adverts from Council + in the schools
 Less of a consumer society
 Adopting sales techniques to reduce waste e.g. cutting of wood
What do you think we should be doing to increase recycling and composting?
 Pay as you throw
 Incentives for recycling – fines/compulsory
 Weekly collections blue bins
 Encourage recycling – ease of use, larger containers, flexibility
 What we recycle – glass at kerbside, kitchen waste, all plastics
 Reducing packaging – no free carrier bags, customer choice?
 Flexible waste sites – cope with 4x4 etc, remove height barriers
 More bring sites
 HWRC - Isle of Grain – rural areas
 Wood
 Recycling credits for reuse
 Incentives to manufacturers to make recycled products
 League tables of parishes etc.
 Publicise recycling to businesses
 Become involved in commercial waste – social
 Advertising in press to promote recycling
 Publicise recycling of materials not recycled by Medway Council e.g. toner cartridges
 Publicise CD that explains household recycling
 Educating school children - school collections
 Arrange another trip to Rainham MRF
 Kerbside collection of glass – what happens to white glass that has some coloured
 Why does waste go to Rainham – where does it go after that?
 Have MC considered using environmentally friendly fuels for collection vehicles?
 Make sure collection company is paid for what they do
 Yalding Organic Gardens – good talk on home composting
 Wye Cycle – ask for info
 Plastic confusion – what types can/can’t be recycled
 Facilities suitable for each area
 Police the recycling - spot checks
 Groups for recycling e.g. scouts
 Communication and advertising – what they should be recycling; what to put in which
  bin?; different bins/materials (currently not maximising); blue bag system not suitable
 Weekly collections of brown bins and blue boxes
 Make it harder not to recycle – limit amount of waste collected or charge or collect
 Introduce deposit bottles
 Recycling message more positive
 Waste collection – need unified system confusion with bins (Gillingham) and bags

Russell Davies gave a presentation on the range of treatments being considered for
dealing with the residual waste.
Delegates were then asked for their comments on residual waste treatment and to
undertake a ranking exercise as part of the BPEO.

Dealing with residual waste
 What do other countries do – e.g. Germany - MBT, but amount does go to
 Germany – residents are charged
 Plastic recycling facilities
 What is the cheapest but environmentally friendly option – least of all evils
 Bio-diesel – pollution
 Air quality – pollution
 Where will these facilities be located?
 Public enquires have shown in the past that incineration was not an option
 Best option is no waste to landfill - however this is not possible, so next best option
  should be bio treatment
 Risk of having ever increasing size of incineration which would result in waste
  imported to Medway
 Don’t want to import or export waste for incineration
 Incineration would be source of aggravation for many years.
 We need to learn from other best practise examples e.g. Canberra
 Transport – Lorry movements must be considered
 Should look at commercial and domestic waste together – find common solution
 Waste reduction is the best option
 Are we suggesting that Medway needs a landfill – as most options require some
 If no incineration why is it being considered – is it an option?
 Why does our waste not go by water (to Rainham)?
 No import/export of waste - find a solution in Medway
 Don’t even think about burning it

BPEO ranking exercise
Objective                                                          %     Ranking
1. To ensure prudent use of land and other resources               6.0      7
2. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions                             18.8     2
3. To minimise air quality impacts                                19.5     1
4. To conserve landscapes and townscapes                           9.0     =4
5. To protect local amenity                                        5.0     8
6. To minimise adverse effects on water quality                   10.5     3
7. To minimise local transport impacts                             9.0     =4
8. To provide employment opportunities                             2.7    =12
9. To provide opportunities for public involvement / education     8.8     6
10. To minimise costs of waste management                          4.2     9
11. To ensure reliability of delivery                              2.7    =12
12. To conform with waste policy                                   3.8     10

30 in total returned, 29 on the night and 1 returned by post.
(2 further forms were incomplete and could not be used)
Delegates were then asked for general comments on the councils approach to the waste
strategy and the meeting.

What is your view about the outline approach?
 More consultation
 Better publicity
 Too rushed
 Too technical – make simpler
 Consultation @ parish councils
 Public consultation in the different geographical areas (in the peninsular especially)
 MWF to get involved in reaching out to the public
 Ask the children (schools)
 Not enough time
 Too technical
 Not enough time to do BPEO form
 What we want, preferred option – reduce, recycle…..MBT (juniper report worldwide
  not here)…. Incineration not an option
 Involve parish Councils
 Locally publicise public meetings – local media (blitz media), important to get info out
 Target schools and younger people – in a positive way
 Promote the positive side of options etc.
 Looking to other areas for best practice
 Get feedback from waste management industry – people who would run the plant
 Needs to have current data only – best data only
 More information about all alternatives – simple stuff not numbers – including info
  about site, size etc.
 It is not clear if we have to choose the options – can they have more than one of
 Potential for a voting system to include whole of area
 By calling incineration ‘Waste for Energy’ it is giving a false impression
 Evening is too short for this exercise, perhaps a whole day
 Resident groups – engaging
 Repeat meeting when necessary – perhaps when draft report is produced
 Different meeting targeted at different age groups, different starting times
 Advertise in Medway Matters – school tactics; use stats
 LA21 becoming more inclusive – involving the ethnic forum
 Consult with business
 Facilities for commercial waste

There was then an opportunity for clarification questions, followed by a statement from
MWF on future working with Medway and the meeting was closed by Diana Lock.

3     What will happen to the workshop output?

The output from this workshop will be combined with the results from other public
consultations and incorporated, as appropriate, within the new Medway waste strategy.
The results of this public consultation with the Medway Waste Forum will be reported
back to the Forum. Medway Council will continue to work with the Medway Waste Forum
during the production of the new Medway waste strategy and will consult with them at
each appropriate stage. A revised schedule for the production of the new waste strategy
is presented below.


6th September                           Draft strategy to Cabinet

7th September – 12th November           Public consultation on draft

24th November                           Revised draft to O&S Committee

13th December                           Revised draft to Cabinet


19th January                            Revised draft to full Council

end January                             Publication of Medway Waste Strategy
4      Attendees

    1. Cllr. Janice Bamber Portfolio Holder, FLTF
    2. Cllr. Ken Bamber Strood Rural Councillor
    3. Jim Blackwood       Medway Waste Forum
    4. Edith East          Medway Waste Forum and Green Party
    5. Peter Burt          Self
    6. Trevor Zobel        ME2 3DE
    7. Mai Zobel           ME2 3DE
    8. Frank Wright?       May Road, Rochester
    9. Phil Pughe          Strood
    10. Tony Poulter       Medway Waste Forum
    11. B J Reevers (HSW) Parish Council
    12. John Orr           Hoo Resident
    13. Mike Singleton     MSW PC Waste Forum
    14. Lionel Pearce      MSW PC Waste Forum
    15. Clare French       Halling Resident
    16. Tony Hayward       Cuxton Resident
    17. Lily Hayward       Cuxton resident
    18. Viv Parker         C&A Lib Dems/ Medway Waste Forum
    19. Shirley Griffiths  Medway Pensioners Forum and LA21
    20. Ann Spratt         Hoo resident
    21. Pat Hipsey         Hoo Resident Association
    22. Edwin Hipsey       Hoo resident
    23. Ewing Baugh        Chattenden Resident
    24. Anne Baugh         Chattenden Resident
    25. Russell Barnes     Waste Forum
    26. Jim Russell        Waste Forum
    27. Nina Chance        Waste Forum
    28. Mark Osbourne      Skipaway Ltd
    29. Kaye Osbourne      Resident
    30. John Stewart       Medway Waste Forum
    31. Jane Barrett       Medway Waste Forum
    32. Steve Noyce        Medway Waste Forum
    33. David Murr         Medway Countryside Forum
    34. Oweh Sweeney       Medway Countryside Forum
    35. L Emmet            Medway Waste Forum
    36. M Bhamra           Medway Waste Forum
    37. G Feraday          Medway Waste Forum
    38. Mark Reckless      Medway Conservatives
    39. Tony Freedome      Resident
    40. Mike Messenger     Hoo
    41. F R Cole           Resident
    42. G L Cobb           Resident
    43. Ray Avenell        Blythewood Care
    44. C Kroon            Resident/Reappli
    45. P Nassan           Waste Forum

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