Decision details

Strategic Options for Processing of Separate Food Waste and Other Waste Disposal Services (CAB19_21/22)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Under the new Environment Act 2021 waste collection authorities (WCAs) will be required to collect food waste separately. Under earlier legislation, it falls to the County Council as Waste Disposal Authority (WDA) to arrange for the disposal of the “controlled waste” collected in its area by the waste collection authorities.


Cabinet will be asked to consider a preferred option to meet this requirement based on a detailed business case and to consider associated contractual arrangements and other opportunities to improve efficient use of assets.  



Following consideration of the report, the Cabinet resolved to approve:


1.       The variation of the Materials Resource Management Contract and associated capital investment to allow for:

a.    processing of source-segregated food waste

b.    production of loose Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF)

c.    improvements for the capture, storage, and disposal of metal for recycling to achieve the income from metals

d.    removal of redundant equipment

e.    bulking of dry mixed recycling (DMR) for delivery to the materials recycling facility (MRF)


2.           The commencement of a procurement for the disposal of refuse derived fuel until 2035 with a possible extension until 2040.


Delegation of authority to commence (1) and (2) above to the Assistant Director of Environment and Public Protection at a time to be agreed in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change and the Directors of Finance and Legal Services. In the event that either or both (1) and (2) are not exercised prior to 31st March 2024, to bring a further report to Cabinet no later than 30th June 2024.  


21 February 2024


Materials Resource Management Contract


Since Cabinet made the above decision, there has been no change in the essential elements of the plan nor in the reasons for doing so and the Assistant Director (Environment and Public Protection) has now varied the Materials Resource Management Contract.


Publication date: 15/03/2022

Date of decision: 15/03/2022

Decided at meeting: 15/03/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 25/03/2022

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