FOI Request - Waste

Request 101000121381

I would like all of the statistics the council collates on bin fines, broken down into council-run and private contractors where applicable.

(1) Does your local authority issue fines/warning letters or any other form of caution for leaving bins out on the incorrect day?  Do you issue warning letters or any other form of caution for bin/waste related offences?  Please outline your policy for leaving bins out/issuing fines.  

(2) If so, when did this start and how many fines/warning letters/any other penalties have you issued per year 2002 – 2012?  In this period, how much money has the council spent and collected on said schemes?

(3) How much money has the council collected each year in this period in bin fines and what has this money been spent on?

(4) How do you enforce that fines are collected?

(5) Does this local authority use any private contractors for waste collection?

(6) Was this job put out to tender and if so was this the cheapest option and by how much?

(7) How many bins do these private companies fail to empty each month and where have the failed collections been?  Why have they not been successful in their collections?

(8) How many bins has the council failed to empty each month and where have the failed collections been?  Why have they not been successful in their collections?  

(9) Which 3 streets in your local authority had the most fly tipping incidents each year 2002 – 2012 (please list in order of number of incidents)?

(10) How many incidents were there and what was tipped?

(11) If the council is asked to make a special collection, what is the average amount of time before the item is collected?  What is the longest period which has elapsed between the request for an uplift and the item being taken away?

Response 21-02-2013

1.    Our policy is not fine based.  We attempt to offer advice and assistance in the first instance.  This is followed on very rare occasions with a follow up letter    advising of the potential for fines to be levied.  There has never been a requirement to progress this.

2.    Spend not available - no income.

3.    None.

4.    Not Applicable.

5.    No.

6.    Not Applicable.

7.    Not Applicable.

8.    2004/05     92

      2005/06     128

      2006/07     120

      2007/08     101

      2008/09     212

      2009/10     692

      2010/11     687

      2011/12     944

      Rural areas mostly due to weather

      Weather/Roadworks

9.    Not record on street by street basis, information not available.

10.   Not Applicable.

11.   For non-white goods, 5 working days max (paid for collections take priority over white goods collections).

      For white goods, 10 working days max (busier as they're free)

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