Proposed rubbish collections

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Dear Newport City Council,

I’m writing to you regarding an FOI on the proposed 3 week rubbish collections and request the following information:
1. Where will the pilot scheme take place?
2. If proven unsuccessful, will NCC refrain from proceeding with the scheme?
3. What provisions are to be put in place for the disabled and those that require more frequent collections for sanitary purposes?
4. Following the introduction of smaller bins, those requiring to dispose of items linked to health conditions were promised larger bins. When are these expected to be provided?

Thank you in advance for your help,

Yours faithfully,

Harri Thomas

Newport City Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information about :

Proposed Rubbish Collections

Received on 17/04/2023

This request has been formally logged in our FOI management system and has been assigned the reference REQ11236.
You should receive a reply to your request within the statutory time limit of 20 working days.

Please remember to quote the reference number REQ11236 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,
Information Management

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Mae'r e-bost hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth y bwriedir ar gyfer y derbynnydd yn unig a gall fod yn gyfrinachol, yn destun ragorfraint gyfreithiol neu broffesiynol, neu fel arall wedi’i diogelu rhag cael ei rhyddhau. Os nad chi yw derbynnydd bwriadedig y neges hon, a fyddech cystal â rhoi gwybod i'r anfonwr ar unwaith a pheidio â datgelu, dosbarthu neu gopïo’r e-bost i unrhyw barti arall. Mae’r e-bost hon ac unrhyw ffeiliau atodedig yn eiddo i Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd.

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NCC - Information Management, Newport City Council

Dear Harri Thomas,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information which I have enclosed
below for ease of reference. Your request has been treated in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.

 

Your Request :  REQ11236

 

I can confirm that we hold information that falls within the scope of your
request. The answers to your questions have been provided in Red Text
below.

 

I’m writing to you regarding an FOI on the proposed 3 week rubbish
collections and request the following information:

 

1.           Where will the pilot scheme take place?

The areas of Newport for the first phase of the scheme are unable to be
shared at this time. Those selected to be part of the first phase will
include areas across Newport to encompass all different types of
properties and that types of families / resident numbers are represented.

 

We have ensured that private areas, council estates, detached and/or
semi-detached properties and terraced properties are all represented for
consistency and a mix of A or B roads /locality types are included.

 

The first phase will give us invaluable data about not only resident
behaviour but also operational elements that will enable us to determine
the needs for a full roll out, both in terms of collections and engagement
and enforcement elements. Learnings from the first phase will inform the
wider rollout.

 

2.           If proven unsuccessful, will NCC refrain from proceeding with
the scheme?

We expect the first phase to be successful. We have meticulously planned
the operational details and expect to see an increase in the recycling
rate ensuring that we exceed 70% recycling target by 2025. Furthermore, we
will achieve financial savings in avoided waste disposal costs for waste
that is recycled that was previously disposed of.

 

Newport City Council has approved the introduction of three weekly
residual and garden waste collections during 2023. All the other waste
services, including weekly collections of food waste and recyclable
materials, and fortnightly hygiene collections, will remain unchanged.

 

In Newport, data shows that over a third of what residents currently put
in their wheelie bin can still be recycled if collected separately using
their weekly kerbside collection service. This service will remain weekly
but will be improved to allow for residents to recycle more paper and
card, and residents are only asked to segregate their waste and place it
in the right container.

 

The change supports the delivery of 70% recycling target set by Welsh
Government for the year 2025, and progress towards zero waste by 2050,
while also reducing the financial risk of fines for not meeting the
target. At the current recycling rate , the fine from April 2024 would be
in excess of £500,000 per year.

 

Three weekly collections of non-recyclable waste have become common place
across the UK. In Wales, one third of the Welsh councils are already on
three or four weekly collections,with many more consulting on a change to
their services to reduce the collection frequency. By March 2024, up to 19
out of 22 Welsh councils could have three or four weekly collections in
place. Experience from the councils that have made the change is extremely
positive. Recycling has increased significantly as a result, and fears
from residents that they will not be able to cope with less frequent
collections, that there will be an increase in smells/vermin or increases
in flytipping, have not translated to a reality,with councils stating that
after initial opposition, most residents have coped well with changes, and
with no reported increases in flytipping as a result.

 

3.           What provisions are to be put in place for the disabled and
those that require more frequent collections for sanitary purposes?

Residents who cannot move their bins and containers due to health or other
qualifying conditions may be eligible for assisted collections, meaning
that their collections could be picked up without the need for the bin to
be presented at the kerbside. For those that require more frequent
collections for sanitary purposes, residents can request a hygiene waste
collection as outlined below.

 

4.          Following the introduction of smaller bins, those requiring to
dispose of items linked to health conditions were promised larger bins.
When are these expected to be provided?

Families with children under 3 years of age living in the same house and
residents with health conditions that produce incontinence pads or similar
waste can request an additional collection for hygiene waste. Bags are
supplied to households that request this service.For residents that wish
to be considered for additional capacity as a result of a medical
condition, households must apply online to Newport City Council.

 

For more information on our current waste and recycling collection
guidance please see 

[1]Waste and Recycling Collection Guidance_20March2019 (newport.gov.uk)

 

I hope this provides the information you were looking for; if there is any
further information that we can provide, please submit a further request.
If you have any queries about this email or if you are unhappy with the
service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, please contact me.

 

If you are not content with the subsequent outcome of your complaint, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
Councils complaints procedure. To contact the Information Commissioner
click [2]HERE.

 

For future reference, all Freedom of Information requests can now be
submitted via the link below.

 

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Kind regards,

Jodi

Information Management

 

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iaith. Byddwn yn cyfathrebu â chi yn ôl eich dewis. Ni fydd gohebu yn
Gymraeg yn arwain at oedi.

The Council welcomes correspondence in English or Welsh or both, and will
respond to you according to your preference. Corresponding in Welsh will
not lead to delay.

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confidential, the subject of legal or professional privilege, or be
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Mae'r e-bost hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth y bwriedir ar gyfer y derbynnydd yn
unig a gall fod yn gyfrinachol, yn destun ragorfraint gyfreithiol neu
broffesiynol, neu fel arall wedi’i diogelu rhag cael ei rhyddhau. Os nad
chi yw derbynnydd bwriadedig y neges hon, a fyddech cystal â rhoi gwybod
i'r anfonwr ar unwaith a pheidio â datgelu, dosbarthu neu gopïo’r e-bost i
unrhyw barti arall. Mae’r e-bost hon ac unrhyw ffeiliau atodedig yn eiddo
i Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd.

Pan fyddwch yn anfon e-bost at Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd, rydych yn cydsynio
i’r Cyngor fonitro a darllen unrhyw e-byst o’r fath at ddibenion
cydymffurfio â diogelwch ac â deddfwriaeth. I weld yr ymwadiad llawn ewch
i http://www.newport.gov.uk/ymwadiad

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Dear NCC - Information Management,

Thank you for the response.

In regard to your response to question 2, about whether NCC will keep the scheme in place regardless of its success - would this remain even if residents improved their recycling? As it seems this is the primary driving factor for the change, and indeed Flintshire Council put it to their residents to either improve their recycling or else prepare to be changed to a 3 week bin collection.

Also, in terms of the requesting a hygiene collection, how quickly would this be ensured with a resident - and could you please address the fact that other hygiene waste (i.e, colostomy bags and non-infectious Stoma bags) aside from nappies should, according to the NCC website, be placed in your general waste bin.

Yours sincerely,

Harri Thomas

NCC - Information Management, Newport City Council

Dear Harri Thomas,

Thank you for your email.

Re question 2 - Over 40% of what is in the residual waste bin can still be recycled. The experience of other local authorities implementing service changes is that it is the reduction in collection frequency or reduction in bin capacity that encourages the change in residents' behaviour, which in turn leads to an increase in recycling. Recycling rates will remain at current levels unless this change is made.

We aim to deliver resident requests for e.g., a larger bin, or a hygiene collection, additional recycling bags / boxes etc within 10 working days. We are currently reviewing types of waste that will be collected in the hygiene bags and will provide more detail to residents ahead of the start of the three weekly collections roll out.

Kind regards,
Jodi
Swyddog Rheoli Gwybodaeth / Information Management Officer
Pobl, Polisi a Thrawsnewid / People, Policy and Transformation
Cyngor Dinas Casnewydd / Newport City Council

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