To agree the public minutes and summary of the meeting held on 20 September 2016.
RESOLVED – That the public minutes and non-public summary of the meeting held on 20 September 2016 be approved.
The Assistant Director of Cleansing Operations advised that a charity paper and plastic cup recycling service called Simply Cups would be launching a campaign to recycle 20,000 coffee cups from within the City of London during March 2017. The Assistant Director was hopeful of some positive publicity for the campaign and would report the outcome to the Committee later in 2017.
Street Cleansing and Refuse Collection Contract
The Assistant Director of Cleansing Operations advised that the contractor were still under-performing against the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in their contract but a Recovery Action Plan was in place and vacant posts were being recruited for and filled by new staff. The Department would continue to provide corporate support to the contractor and financial assessment of the contract would be reported to the next Committee meeting, as some monies were being withheld from the contractor due to the performance issues. In response to a Member’s question, the Assistant Director added that the financial sanctions being placed on the contractor were aimed at encouraging them to improve their performance. The contract was due for renewal during 2019 with a contract renewal offer from the City Corporation due by December 2019, which would include specific KPIs to maintain good performance. Members ended the discussion by thanking the contractor and staff from the Department of the Built Environment for the quick and efficient cleaning up of the Guildhall Yard following the recent Lord Mayor’s show.
In response to a Member’s question, the Assistant Director of Cleaning Operations advised that unwanted furniture items could be collected from residents’ doorsteps for a fee or from communal collection areas within housing estates free of charge. Re-usable furniture in good condition was offered to a charity, who restored the items and sold them at discounted rates. The Assistant Director added that a separate specialist company offered a collection and recycling service for electrical goods.