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Wheelie Bins

Requested on
Tue 2nd September, 2014
Reference
FOI 4923
Resolution
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Question

This request relates to wheeled refuse and recycling bins. ALL questions relate to both types of bin. Where answers are different for either type of bin, please indicate which type is referred to. ALL questions relate to bins for domestic/residential use. If figures are only available for the totality of bins, (i.e. for both domestic and commercial) please use them, but explain why no further breakdown is possible.
1. When last ordered, what was the cost to the council per bin (please specify whether the figure is inclusive or exclusive of VAT). Please break the costs down by size of bin, and any other criteria that were relevant at the time.
2. How many bins of the standard size (please confirm that size in your answer) are currently believed to be owned by the council?
3. How many bins of smaller sizes are currently believed to be owned by the council?
4. What are those sizes?
5. What is the council's policy in respect of offering smaller bins to residents?
6. What is the council's policy in respect of exchanging large bins for smaller ones to residents?
7. What is the Council's policy in respect of residents providing their own bins?
8. At which Council meetings were these policies (in 5, 6, 7 above) agreed?

Answer

1. When last ordered, what was the cost to the council per bin (please specify whether the figure is inclusive or exclusive of VAT). Please break the costs down by size of bin, and any other criteria that were relevant at the time. Our Contractor Serco purchase the bins, so no costs are applicable to Charnwood Borough Council

2. How many bins of the standard size (please confirm that size in your answer) are currently believed to be owned by the council? There are approximately 69,487 household waste and recycling bins in circulation; however it is not possible to give figures according to size as we do not hold this breakdown.
None of the bins are owned by the Council, as they are purchased by our Contractor Serco

3. How many bins of smaller sizes are currently believed to be owned by the council? It is not known how many of the smaller bins are still in circulation.  As above, none of the bins are owned by the Council, as they are purchased by our Contractor Serco

4. What are those sizes? Since March 2011, all bins have been 180 litres for black household waste bins, all 240 litres for green recycling bins.  

5. What is the council's policy in respect of offering smaller bins to residents? Prior to March 2011, there was a limited availability of 140 litre bins for household waste bins and recycling bins.  This size is no longer available.

6. What is the council's policy in respect of exchanging large bins for smaller ones to residents? Since March 2011, no smaller bins (less than 180 litres) have been available.  The Council’s policy states that "the Council reserves the right to review all properties with additional capacity on a regular basis and if no longer appropriate to the residents, withdraw this service", in other words, households that still have the larger capacity household waste bins that were issued prior to March 2011, are subject to having their requirements reviewed and if no longer appropriate will have the larger bin replaced by a 180 litre bin.

7. What is the Council's policy in respect of residents providing their own bins?  Not applicable

8. At which Council meetings were these policies (in 5, 6, 7 above) agreed? Charnwood Borough Council Cabinet Meeting March 2011 applies to 5 & 6, no such inclusion for no. 7.

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