Recycling in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

RECAP Partnership

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (also known as RECAP) is an established partnership first formed in 1999, bringing together the following seven authorities: Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Peterborough City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The remit of the Partnership is the management of municipal waste (all waste under the control of an authority), environmental quality and the wider waste role of local authorities influencing non-municipal waste management e.g. commercial and industrial waste.

Its vision is...

"Working in partnership to help protect, maintain and enhance the environment through the provision of excellent services that meet local needs"

Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS)

The aspirations of the Partnership are set out in its Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS) and supporting documents, which include a Waste Prevention Plan. RECAP's JMWMS was one of the first in the country to be produced in line with government guidance, published in November 2002, and praised by DEFRA as one of the best reviewed. The strategy was refreshed in 2007/08.

Key targets within the strategy:

  • 45 – 50% of household waste recycled/composted by 2010
  • 50 – 55% of household waste recycled/composted by 2015
  • 55 – 65% of household waste recycled/composted by 2020

The partnership has also set the following as priority areas over the next three years:

  • Waste prevention
  • Dry recycling
  • Trade waste recycling

Performance

RECAP is a high performing partnership. In 2008/09 it diverted 51.99% of household waste from landfill and respective partners achieved nationally:

  • Huntingdonshire DC is the seventh highest performing authority in England for % of household waste reused/recycled/composted (NI 192), with 57.16%. South Cambridgeshire DC is the twelfth highest performing with 53.64%. Huntingdonshire DC was sixth in 07/08 and South Cambridgeshire seventh
  • Peterborough City Council is the fourth highest performing unitary authority in England for % of household waste reused/recycled/composted (NI 192), with 48.06%. Peterborough was the top unitary authority in 07/08
  • Cambridgeshire is the second highest performing two-tier authority in England for % of household waste reused/recycled/composted (NI 192), with 51.99%. Leicestershire is top with 52%

See 'Our Performance' for further detail on the current performance of the partnership.

Recognition

The partnership was awarded Beacon Status 2006/07 and in 2009 was awarded a 'Green Flag' for 'exceptional performance and innovation from which others can learn', following a government evaluation of services. RECAP were the only local authority services recognised with the award. The partnership has also received further awards for its individual initiatives, including Green Apple Awards, LARAC, and, in 2009, a Government Business Award for partnership trade waste projects.

Partnership working arrangements

The partnership operates through a networking structure. It is directed by a Member level group (RECAP Board), which is supported by a Senior Officer group (Joint Waste Officer Group (JWOG)). Representation from each partnering authority is required at each of the six partnership groups.

Sub groups exist which focus on operations, marketing and communications, data, and environmental quality and enforcement. The four sub groups, with direction from JWOG, identify and pursue joint working and joint funding opportunities, share experience, knowledge and best practice, respond to changes in policy and legislation and maintain dependencies e.g. joint contracts. The structure of the groups is outlined below.

Partnership working group structure
Partnership working group structure

RECAP Board is a member forum consisting of lead Councillors for Waste/Environment from each authority, providing political decision making for the partnership.

The Joint Waste Officer Group (JWOG) is composed of Directors of Waste/Environment Services within each partnering authority and provides strategic decision making. It reports to RECAP Board and provides mentoring for each sub-group.