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FOI 13457

Waste and Recycling

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from Brentwood.

What charging increases have been introduced for householders and on what type of waste between November 2015 and December 2016?

What charging increases or restrictions have been introduced for commercial customers (businesses) and on what types of waste between November 2015 and December 2016?

How many recycling centres and tips have been closed between November 2015 and December 2016?

Have opening hours of any recycling centres and council tips changed between November 2015 and December 2016?

How many hours per week, on average, were recycling centres and council tips open in your council area between November 2015 and December 2016? What were those usual opening hours?

How many hours per week, on average, were recycling centres and council tips open in your council area between November 2014 and December 2015? What were those usual opening hours?

Did you charge for the collection of garden waste between November 2015 and December 2016? If so, how much?

Did you charge for the collection of bulky waste between November 2015 and December 2016? If so, how much?

What waste did you charge for and how much was the charge before November 2015?

How many incidents of flytipping have been reported to the council between November 2015 and December 2016?

How many on the spot fines have been issued for flytipping since the new powers were given in May 2016 to December 2016?

How much money has been made from on the spot fines for flytipping between May 2016 and December 2016?

How many prosecutions have there been for flytipping and waste crimes between November 2015 and December 2016?

How many people have received jail sentences for flytipping or waste crimes between November 2015 and December 2016?

Response

What charging increases have been introduced for householders and on what type of waste between November 2015 and December 2016?
None.

What charging increases or restrictions have been introduced for commercial customers (businesses) and on what types of waste between November 2015 and December 2016?
Increases ranged from 2.5% to 12.4%, depending on the receptacle – waste and recycling.

How many recycling centres and tips have been closed between November 2015 and December 2016?
6 bring sites have been closed.

Have opening hours of any recycling centres and council tips changed between November 2015 and December 2016?
No.

How many hours per week, on average, were recycling centres and council tips open in your council area between November 2015 and December 2016? What were those usual opening hours?
Bring sites are accessible at all hours; the recycling centres for household waste are the responsibility of our waste disposal authority – Essex County Council.

How many hours per week, on average, were recycling centres and council tips open in your council area between November 2014 and December 2015? What were those usual opening hours?
Bring sites are accessible at all hours; the recycling centres for household waste are the responsibility of our waste disposal authority – Essex County Council.

Did you charge for the collection of garden waste between November 2015 and December 2016? If so, how much?
One roll of biodegradable sacks FOC, subsequent rolls purchased at a cost of £2.60/roll of 10 sacks. Alternative option to hire a 240 litre wheeled bin at £41/pa.

Did you charge for the collection of bulky waste between November 2015 and December 2016? If so, how much?
Yes, minimum charge £20 for two items, additional items charged at £10/ea.

What waste did you charge for and how much was the charge before November 2015?
Bulky household waste – answer as previous question. Garden waste - answer as collection charge question.
Trade waste, for example :

Container (ltrs) Waste 2016-17 2015-16
1100 Residual 18.50 17.00
240 Residual 8.50 8.10
1100 Recycling 11.70 11.00
240 Recycling 8.00 7.50
*Charges per lift

How many incidents of fly tipping have been reported to the council between November 2015 and December 2016?
664

How many on the spot fines have been issued for fly tipping since the new powers were given in May 2016 to December 2016?
Not ‘on the spot’ but fixed penalty notices – 4 issued

How much money has been made from on the spot fines for fly tipping between May 2016 and December 2016?
£1200

How many prosecutions have there been for fly tipping and waste crimes between November 2015 and December 2016?
2

How many people have received jail sentences for fly tipping or waste crimes between November 2015 and December 2016?
0