Waste and recycling collection dates

Matt Kane made this Freedom of Information request to North Lanarkshire Council as part of a batch sent to 30 authorities This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was successful.

Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Please provide the following data, under FOI:

1) Waste and recycling schedules for all properties, organised by address and postcode. If the information is not kept at the level of individual properties, please provide the list at street level, ideally including the USRN. Please include day of the week and collection frequency (weekly, fortnightly etc) for each service type. I request that all data is provided in CSV format, ideally with separate columns for the different parts of the address. A link to a web service does not meet my requirements, though the source data for a web service may. Please include the UPRN for each property if held. This is now permitted by the AddressBase licence. See https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/about/n... for details.
For an example of a suitable spreadsheet, see here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...
Variants are acceptable if they contain the requested data. Separate spreadsheets for each waste or recycling type are also fine.
2) For collections that are not weekly, details of how to work out which week a collection will be. For example, if a "Week 1/week 2" system is used, then please provide an example of a date in week 1 and a date in week 2. For example "2nd January 2017 was in Recycling Week 1"
3) Details of all alterations to regular schedules for bank holidays etc. Please provide this for all future dates in 2017 and 2018, if available. For example, see this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...
4) Details of any planned changes to these schedules.

Please also treat this as a request for re-use of the dataset under RPSI. Please can you confirm that you grant permission for reuse, ideally under the Open Government Licence. My planned use is to transform the data into a standard format, and aggregate it with the data from other authorities. I will then release it under an open licence to enable the development of useful services to encourage recycling, such as chatbots and voice tools to find upcoming recycling days.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Kane

Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Kane

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street

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McKay Neil, North Lanarkshire Council

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Dear Mr. Kane


Request for Information


I refer again to your email of 24July 2017 seeking information in relation
to waste and recycling collection.


Having regard to the nature of your request, it appears to me that it is
governed by the provisions of the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004, rather than the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002 and it is in the terms of these Regulations that my response is made.


Returning to your request and having investigated, my response to your
queries numbered 1) to 4) is as follows: -


1 – Please find attached a file containing the information requested in
relation to waste collection.


2 - The dates noted are a commencement date which will enable you to work
out the future collection dates for each collection service.  This
information is also publically available via the undernoted link to the
council’s website.




3 - The only alterations to regular collections  are in relation to
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the Public Holiday on 2^nd
January. There is no information held regarding how this will affect
collections in 2017 and/or 2018.  However for your information and to be
of assistance, I can advise that the contingency that has been utilised in
previous years for collections that are due on these public holidays, is
as follows: -  


Collections due on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, are undertaken on the
previous day, i.e. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and collections due
on Boxing Day and 2^nd January, are undertaken the day

following these public holidays, i.e. 27^th December and 3^rd January


4 - Waste Solutions are currently working on a revised collections
schedule which shall be implemented on 2^nd October 2017. At this time,
there is no information held on how this shall impact on the information


I can advise that you may re-use the data provided.


I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Regulation 16 of the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004, has established a procedure whereby any person who has
requested information in terms of those Regulations, may make
representations if it appears to the applicant that the authority has not
complied with any requirements of the Regulations in relation to the
applicant’s request.  Any such representations require to be made in
writing and received by the Council not later than 40 working days after
either the date that the applicant receives any decision or notification
which the applicant believes does not comply with these Regulations or the
date by which such a decision or notification should have been made, or
any other action should be taken by the authority, but was not made or
taken.  Any such representations should be addressed to the Head of
Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions at the above address. 
Accordingly, if you wish to seek a review, please write to the Head of
Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions.


I would advise, also, that in terms of Regulation 17 of the Environmental
Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, a person who is dissatisfied with
a notice given by the local authority under Regulation 16(4) of the
Regulations - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Regulations.  Such an application must be in
writing or in another form which, by reason of it having some permanency
is capable of being used for subsequent reference, must state the name of
the applicant and an address for correspondence and must specify the
request for information to which the requirement for review relates, the
matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
original decision of the local authority and the matter which gives rise
to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review by the
local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such a
decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as


Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrew’s

KY16  9DS


I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.


Yours sincerely




Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Democratic and Legal Services

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street


ML1 1 AB

Tel : 01698 302 484