Bin surveys

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Dear Greenwich Borough Council,

I would like to know whether the Authority has carried out any form of bin survey over the past five years.

Can the Authority provide the number of bin surveys it has conducted in each calendar year since 2014?
If applicable, can the Authority also provide the number of households subject to bin surveys in the same period?
And a brief description of the survey, for example, which types of household waste or bins were surveyed, or what the project was called.

For clarity, a bin survey is used to identify the types of rubbish being thrown away by households or which bins are being used, or both. This may be known as a "compositional analysis".

:: I would like to receive data in an Excel file format.
:: I would appreciate the Authority providing any assistance to me regarding my request, if appropriate and as per relevant legislation.

Yours faithfully,

Basia Cummings

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Ms Cummings

Environmental Information Regulations request: EIR-24890

Thank you for your request dated 20 February 2019

Your request will be answered by 20 March 2019

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

David White
Performance and Information Manager
Central Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich

 020 8921 3943
 Town Hall Basement, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW
 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Ms Cummings

Environmental Information Regulations request: EIR-24890

Thank you for your request dated 20 February 2019

Our response is as follows:

I would like to know whether the Authority has carried out any form of bin survey over the past five years.
Can the Authority provide the number of bin surveys it has conducted in each calendar year since 2014?
If applicable, can the Authority also provide the number of households subject to bin surveys in the same period?
And a brief description of the survey, for example, which types of household waste or bins were surveyed, or what the project was called.
For clarity, a bin survey is used to identify the types of rubbish being thrown away by households or which bins are being used, or both. This may be known as a "compositional analysis".
:: I would like to receive data in an Excel file format.
:: I would appreciate the Authority providing any assistance to me regarding my request, if appropriate and as per relevant legislation.

Whist we have not carried out any bin survey for the whole borough since 2014, in 2018 as part of a ‘tackling contamination’ project, we did carry out an ‘estates inventory’ survey on one communal blue collection round for the estate that we used for this project. This would have identified the number and types of blue bins on the round.

We also sampled waste from the round at various points to ascertain the success of the project. For this we took random 100kg samples from full loads (tipped and mixed on the tipping floor) rather than a certain number of bins.
36 samples were taken throughout the project.

If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact me, quoting the reference number above.
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Yours sincerely,
Jackie Jago
Head of Corporate Services
Corporate Services
Directorate of Central Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich

 020 8921 5044
 Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW
 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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