BROXTOWE BOROUGH COUNCIL is urging residents to have their say on changes to its missed bin policy, as part of a review of the recycling service.

The Council is reviewing its missed bin policy as its current system is being abused by a small number of people who regularly report their bin as missed when they’ve not put it out on time or have contaminated it. This costs around £100,000 per year.

Currently, the Council will return to collect a missed bin irrespective of the reason why it wasn’t emptied e.g. if the bin was not put out on time for collection. As part of the review, changes are proposed which would mean the Council will only return to empty a bin if it has been genuinely missed by the collection crew.

This would enable resources to be used more effectively and help encourage people to put the right things in the right bin to increase recycling rates.

The views of residents are important so please visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/missed-bins-policy to have your say by 22nd September or contact us by telephone on 0115 917 3141.

The results of the consultation will be presented to the Leisure and Environment Committee on 27th September 2017 who will consider the proposed changes to the policy.

For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 7777, email recycling@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/recycling

About Sue Sambells

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  1. Cllr Martin Plackett Bramcote Ward BBC says:

    Very important that residents respond to this consultation.

    • Martin is right!
      BTW the cost of missing bins is £100,000 – roughly £1 per resident in Broxtowe – there were 109,487 of us at the time of the Census in March 2011. So in my case it costs me £4 per year – I for one am happy to pay for the peace of mind that were I to forget or be unable to put down my bin, it wouldn’t mean a fortnight’s wait for collection.

  2. RichHartman says:

    Eminently sensible. It seems hard to believe that the council has to even consult anyone on this ‘change to policy’. If your bin’s not out on time and on the right day, it shouldn’t get emptied. Easy.

  3. Pat Ratcliffe says:

    Might indeed be sensible conclusion, and would assume that this is simply an exercise in preordained democracy, but it would have been more caring had the Council made some significant effort to establish WHY some people are ‘contaminating’ their bins, and WHY some people fail to put their refuse out on time.
    A little less BIG STICK and a lot more CARE goes a long way.

  4. Dave W says:

    How is one going to prove that a bin has been missed. I had three consecutive occasions of brown bin being ignored. The collection team looked down the street and moved on without checking the street thoroughly. The team insisted they had collected. Do we now need ‘bin’ cam to police the bin collectors?

  5. today is the last day to have your say folks!

    As Pat says perhaps a little more clarity on how the council will determine the reason might be needed? e.g. illness, incapacity, inclement weather.

    Increasingly this service is one of the few tangible benefits we get for our council tax so it is essential the council maintains its social licence to operate this service by treating us more like paying clients than errant subjects.

  6. The dates made me question the speed with which this consultation is to be evaluated. The closing date is today; the committee to discuss the consultation meets next Wednesday, 27 September. The agenda for that meeting is already online (https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/media/3849/agenda-27-sept-17.pdf)
    It includes the following:
    “An information leaflet will be delivered to all households and will contain the
    o Day specific collection calendar:
    o The Council’s accepted waste practices.
    o Information on the change in the missed bin policy.
    o Information on the change of the refuse collection start time ”

    So perhaps one of our councillors could tell us what the point of this consultation was and how much it has cost Broxtowe’s tax payer?

  7. Cllr Martin Plackett Bramcote Ward BBC says:

    With an annual cost of £100,000 to Broxtowe’s Taxpayers the ‘missed bin’ policy was in urgent need of review. As I write a revisit to collect a missed bin is the norm, irrespective of reason, including many repeat visits to the same households, such information being recoded in and by individual lorries. Whilst any new system will I am sure be sensitively operated in order to maintain the excellent service we receive from our teams of operatives it was necessary and important to consult with our users at minimum cost, of this essential service before implementation. Any change to delivery days to improve efficiency; it should be noted that a review of the ’rounds’ has not been undertaken for a number of years, and a re underlining of the importance of avoiding waste contamination again is very.important and right to be undertaken. Any changes, including commencement dates, will I am sure be conveyed to individual households with maximum publicity and the distribution to each property of clear instructions of those amendments.
    Like most Bramcote residents our cheerful and hard working Broxtowe Borough Council ‘bin men’ operating in all weathers are very much appreciated for the excellent service they give to our community; a revision to improve that service is surely to be welcomed.

  8. Martin,
    My point is this is a done deal and a false consultation if the council committee agenda is anything to go by.

    Why not charge for missed bins? Why worry about something that costs us £1 each per year? What does the council think the persistent ‘offenders’ will do with their rubbish of the council doesn’t collect it?

    Reviewing the routes makes sense and will need redoing when our green belt is built on.

    Applauding our hard working refuse collectors is right and proper. And Christmas is not that far away either, a time for a more tangible expression of thanks perhaps?

  9. Cllr Martin Plackett Bramcote Ward BBC says:

    Quite sure the Environment and Leisure Committee will seriously consider the views of the respondents to the consultation before making a decision on any new policy. The possible change to the ‘missed bin’ proposal would it is hoped bring those householders who regularly misuse the service hopefully change their ways and comply as the vast majority of residents indeed do week by week.
    Review of rounds to reflect development changes in the Borough already completed have I’m sure been reflected in any changes proposed as they would in the future.if necessary.

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