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ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES
23 July 1999
LGA WASTE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - 15 JUNE 1999
Report-back by Councillor Paula Baker (Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council)
1. The Committee received a presentation from Jacques Fonteyne of European Recycling and Recovery Association (ERRA). This was very informative on EU practices and procedures as well as on waste issues. One study showed that the amount of waste generated per household per head was inversely proportional to household size - ie one four person household produces much less waste than four one person households. Knowing the current trends in our household sizes we can all work out the effect that will have on the amount of waste we will have to collect and dispose of in the future if we cannot increase waste awareness and recycling rates.
2. Waste and environmental issues figure prominently in the EU at the present time. A delegation from the Committee visited Brussels in January and hope to build on their knowledge and contacts to influence emerging proposals. There has also been a growing awareness in the LGA generally of the need to have a bigger say in Europe and the Management Board is exploring ways to use joint LGA/LGIB resources more effectively.
3. Areas of priority for future work will be the National Waste Strategy, liaison with the Environment Agency, the relationship between waste, energy and economic development, Europe, implementing the Landfill Directive, Landfill Tax and marine pollution.
4. On the subject of marine pollution, the Committee agreed to lobby strongly for a statutory duty and financial resources for maritime local authorities to plan for and carry out clean-up operations. Most cover the cost of this from Civil Defence Grant, but this is diminishing. A small maritime district, especially one in a tourist area, could be bankrupt by a major incident.
5. If the LGA carries out the proposed changes to member structures, the Waste and Environmental Management Committee would be replaced by an Executive reporting to the Environment and Regeneration Executive. The importance of a strong regional structure was stressed by the Committee which believes opportunities to involve member authorities should be maximised, perhaps through meetings of the forums in the regions.
COUNCILLOR PAULA BAKER
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
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