John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
1. When we put items that are labelled as recyclable into our grey bins, what happens to them, please?

2. Is Council aware that it is the only Council in England and possibly the UK that has grey bins for recyclable materials and green bins for non-recyclable material?

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act, which has been received by Wirral Borough Council.

The Council can confirm this request was received by the FOI team.

Your enquiry was passed to the relevant Council department(s), and we will aim to issue a substantive response within the statutory timeframe FOI act (2000), 20 working days from the receipt of your request.

Yours sincerely,

Chelsea Dalton
Information Management Officer
Business Management - ICT
Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH
Tel: 0151 666 5201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hutchinson,

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act. Our response is below as follows:

 

1. When we put items that are labelled as recyclable into our grey bins,
what happens to them, please?

 

Wirral Council accepts the following items in the grey recycling bin: 
Paper, Card, Cardboard, Glass bottles and jars, Metal tins and cans and
Plastic bottles.  We do not specify acceptance by recycling symbol. 

Wirral is a Waste Collection Authority and consigns household waste to
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority for treatment/disposal.  The
markets are continually changing, but current information regarding end
destinations can be found on MRWA's website:
[1]https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-r...

 

If items with a recycling symbol, but not on the above accepted list, are
put into the grey recycling bin, they can be incorrectly sorted by the
Material Recovery Facility and contaminate another recycling stream
(potentially leading to that recycling being rejected). Alternatively, it
will be removed as contamination and sent to the energy from waste
facility along with the rest of our general rubbish.

 

2. Is Council aware that it is the only Council in England and possibly
the UK that has grey bins for recyclable materials and green bins for
non-recyclable material?

 

Wirral Council introduced green wheelie bins for waste collection in
1991/92.  Brown bins for garden waste were introduced in 2006 and grey for
mixed recycling in 2006/7.  There are many different local authority
household waste collection systems - bins/bags/sacks, bin colour, bin
size, materials accepted, frequency of collection etc. and very few, if
any, are exactly alike.  The government carried out a full public
consultation on consistency, which closed on 12th May 2019.  The details
of the consultation can be found here:
[2]https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment...

 

I trust this information assists with your enquiries.

 

If you were dissatisfied with the result of your internal review, you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner at:
[3]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

[4][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

PLEASE FORWARD ALL FOI RESPONSES TO [5][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

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John H Hutchinson

Dear Dalton, Chelsea,

thank you for your response.

However, I notice that not all recyclable waste is recycled and that some are being sent overseas.

Is Council satisfied that the EULA does not allow for anything that is shipped abroad to end up on sites such as that we have seen on the BBC TV programme "War on Plastic"?

Your response to my request 2.

Is Council aware that it is the only Council in England and possibly
the UK that has grey bins for recyclable materials and green bins for
non-recyclable material?

was not answered.

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

John H Hutchinson

Dear Dalton, Chelsea,

I shall be grateful if you could give an indication of the date when I might expect to receive your further reply.

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hutchinson,

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act, which has been received by Wirral Borough Council.

 

In order to progress your enquiry officers have asked if you are able to
clarify your definition of  "EULA" in relation to your request.

 

Officers can only find this referenced as an “End User Licence Agreement”,
which is to do with software, not waste and recycling.

 

Once in receipt of your clarification we will further progress your
enquiry and we aim to issue a substantive response to your full enquiry
within 20 working days.

 

You can reply  to [1][Wirral Borough Council request email] marked for the
attention of the DPO, Records & Information Manager

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

[2][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

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John H Hutchinson

Dear Dalton, Chelsea,

The waste disposer to which WMBC is sending waste material is the end user.

Is Council satisfied that the waste disposer is properly disposing of the waste so that it does not end up in the atmosphere, a river, the ocean or a foreign country?

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

John H Hutchinson

Dear Dalton, Chelsea,

I have provided an explanation of EULA and shall be grateful to receive your reply.

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good morning Mr Hutchinson,

Thank you for your email. I hope you are well?

I have chased up the service area dealing with your follow up request.

I will inform you as soon as I hear more.

Many thanks,

Chelsea Dalton
Information Management Officer
Business Management - ICT
Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH
Tel: 0151 666 5201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

PLEASE FORWARD ALL FOI RESPONSES TO [Wirral Borough Council request email]

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Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hutchinson,

 

Thank you for your most recent correspondence. Your additional questions
submitted after your initial FOI request have been answered. Please see
responses below:

 

Is Council satisfied that the EULA does not allow for anything that is
shipped abroad to end up on sites such as that we have seen on the BBC TV
programme "War on Plastic"?

(Is Council satisfied that the waste disposer is properly disposing of the
waste so that it does not end up in the atmosphere, a river, the ocean or
a foreign country?)

 

All residual waste from the grey bin recycling sorting process is sent to
an energy from waste facility and none is sent abroad.  However, some
recycling is sent abroad for recycling.  Wirral Council is as satisfied as
we are reasonably able to be, that materials are being appropriately
handled and ultimately recycled as per our contract with MRWA.  We will
continue to undertake all reasonable duty of care checks and seek ongoing
assurances from MRWA, to ensure this remains the case.

 

To the other clarification request:

No, Wirral Council was not aware that it is the only Council in England
and possibly the UK that has grey bins for recyclable materials and green
bins for non-recyclable material.

 

I trust this fully satisfies your request.

 

You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review if you are dissatisfied with the information
provided to you. Please direct any request for an internal review to
[Wirral Borough Council request email] and your request will be allocated for
review.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

[1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

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John H Hutchinson

Dear Dalton, Chelsea,

thank you!

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson