Domestic Waste/Recycling Bins

Monday, 18 July 2016
Reference
2016070127000111
Category
Request Date
Monday, July 4, 2016
Response Date
Monday, July 18, 2016

Question

1) Can you tell me if your local authority currently employs any staff to monitor what householders put in domestic waste/recycling bins?
2) If so can you tell me  how many members of staff you employ and what their pay-grade is?
3) Can you also tell me if any of your waste advisers/ officials visit any householders directly to discuss with them how they are managing their waste?
4) If you do, can you please supply details as to how many times you visited households in the last year?
5) Can you also tell me if your LA fines any householders for domestic waste management issues? If they do can you tell me how many fines you have issued in the last year and how much that amounts to?
6) For questions 1-6 that are applicable to your LA can you supply details for the year 2014/15.

Answer

1) Can you tell me if your local authority currently employs any staff to monitor what householders put in domestic waste/recycling bins?
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CNES) employ officers to monitor waste and recycling bins.

2) If so can you tell me  how many members of staff you employ and what their pay-grade is?
CNES employ two permanent members who form the Zero Waste Western Isles team who as part of their remit monitor waste on the day of collection, as part of our policy to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and maximise our recycling service and performance CNES have employed two members of staff on a one year temporary contract to carry out bin checks and encourage greater participation in our recycling services. All the Zero Waste Officers are on an E grade salary.

3) Can you also tell me if any of your waste advisers/ officials visit any householders directly to discuss with them how they are managing their waste?
CNES send staff to conduct home visits, this is usually as a result of a request from a householder following receipt of a bin tag.

4) If you do, can you please supply details as to how many times you visited households in the last year? CNES have only conducted a handful of visits to householders in the last year as our bin tagging system tends to be very effective, CNES operate a 3 strike system where a householder is informed of any issues surrounding their bin using a yellow tag, on the second visit if similar issues are found then a second yellow tag is affixed to the bin and upon the third visit the issues do not appear to be addressed then a red tag is issued and the waste will not be removed – the householder can either address the issue and re-present the bin for collection or we will arrange for a home visit. All our tags are marked with our contact details and usually the issues are addressed after affixing the first yellow tag either by the householder reacting to the message written on the tag or by calling the Zero Waste office to discuss the nature of the tag. CNES also use a blue tag to inform householders of minor discrepancies in the bin or any changes we would like them to make to the contents of the bin.

5) Can you also tell me if your LA fines any householders for domestic waste management issues? If they do can you tell me how many fines you have issued in the last year and how much that amounts to? CNES do not fine householders for non-compliance, as an alternative CNES use a monitoring and tagging system, yellow tags are used to inform householders of the non-target materials found in the bin and if the offence is repeated for a third consecutive time the householder will be issued with a red tag and the waste will not be removed until the receptacle is presented in accordance with the target material.

6) For questions 1-6 that are applicable to your LA can you supply details for the year 2014/15.
2014/15
1)
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CNES) employ officers to monitor waste and recycling bins.
2) CNES employ two permanent members who form the Zero Waste Western Isles team and as part of their remit monitor waste on the day of collection. All the Zero Waste Officers are on an E grade salary.
3) CNES send staff to conduct home visits, this is usually as a result of a request from a householder following receipt of a bin tag.
4) CNES only conducted a handful of visits to householders in 2014/15 (less than 10)
5) CNES do not fine householders for non-compliance, as an alternative CNES use a monitoring and tagging system, yellow tags are used to inform householders of the non-target materials found in the bin and if the offence is repeated for a third consecutive time the householder will be issued with a red tag and the waste will not be removed until the receptacle is presented in accordance with the target material.