Municipal waste collections information

DPatrick made this Freedom of Information request to Daventry District Council as part of a batch sent to 84 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Daventry District Council.

Dear Daventry District Council,
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request the following information in the context of domestic waste bin/sack collection services, as opposed to trade/commercial collections or waste disposal.

1. Are you currently in a partnership with other councils for waste IT system operations or procurement? If in a partnership please name the partner councils?

2. Do you currently operate waste services (collections) directly, or through a waste contractor such as Biffa, Suez or Veolia. If through a contractor, please name them.

3. Which of the IT systems below do you use for the management of day to day municipal bin collections:
a. Yotta
b. Bartec Collective
c. AMCS Clear
d. Whitespace/Powersuite
e. Contender/Swift Datapro/Agile
f. Selected Interventions / Echo
g. Core (Suez)
h. Webaspx
i. Microsoft Excel or similar
j. No IT system
k. Other: [please name]

4. When is your current contract for the IT system OR outsourced waste contract for waste collections management due to expire?

5. Please provide contact information for the service manager responsible for waste collections.

I would like to thank you in advance for your help with this and particularly at a time when I appreciate that responses may be delayed.

Yours faithfully,

Mr David Patrick

Freedom of Information, Daventry District Council

Thank you for your email.

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Freedom of Information, Daventry District Council

Dear Mr Patrick

Thank you for your email.

Having reviewed your request, I regret to inform you that your request seems to have no public purpose. It would appear to be a commercial request which does not meet the transparency objectives of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). It is unclear from your request in its current form what, if any, public interest there is in disclosing this information.

Without clear public interest the Council considers commercial requests vexatious in line with the Upper Tribunal ruling recently upheld by the Court of Appeal:

In this judgement Judge Wikeley indicates in paragraphs 35 and 38 that improper use of FOI [such as no public interest] is a valid consideration to make when considering if a request is vexatious. Using the Freedom of Information Act to gain a commercial advantage or seek opportunity over another can be included within this definition. It would be considered an abuse of a statutory process that is designed to promote open accountable local government, not provide commercial organisations with leads into organisations to promote or sell goods or services.

Of course a public body is not always aware of some wider public interests in a particular area and would like to seek clarification to be able to fully assess any possible public interest before proceeding.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may ask for a review. Please write to:

Freedom of Information Challenges
Daventry District Council
Lodge Road
NN11 4FP

Or email [Daventry District Council request email]

If you are not satisfied, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should you wish to pursue this course of action, is available from the Information Commissioner’s website:

Yours sincerely

Iuliana Lisnic
Apprentice for Governance & HR
Resources Team
Daventry District Council
Lodge Road
Northants NN11 4FP
DX: 21965 Daventry
01327 302511
[Daventry District Council request email]

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