EXECUTIVE MEMBER BRIEFING PAPER
TO: EXECUTIVE MEMBER: HOUSING & NEIGHBOURHOOD SERVICES
FROM: DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
DIRECTOR OF DIRECT SERVICES
DATE: 11TH SEPTEMBER 2000
TITLE OF BRIEFING PAPER OVERFILLED WHEELED BINS
1.1 The purpose of this briefing paper is to advise members of the safety
issues relating to wheeled bins and recommend a policy to be
implemented to ensure a quality customer service and a safe working
1.2 It is recommended that the actions detailed in 4 be implemented.
3. KEY ISSUES
3.1 Incidents have occurred where wheeled bins have fallen from the
lifting mechanism fitted to the collection vehicles thereby creating a
situation where injury to operatives could occur.
3.2 A risk assessment was carried out by Direct Services on 2nd February
2000 highlighting the problem of overfilled bins falling from the lifting
3.3 Wheeled bins where the lid is not fully closed can cause fouling of the
lifting mechanism and also prevent the operative from visually
ensuring that the bin is secure prior to lifting.
3.4 Bins with lids not fully closed are currently collected although
customers are advised to ensure they are closed. Householders
therefore overfill bins regularly.
4.1 It is recommended that:
4.1.1 Wheeled bin will only be collected if the lid is closed.
4.1.2 Householders will be discouraged from placing additional
waste alongside their bins.
4.1.3 Additional waste will only be taken if it is not placed out
regularly and it is in a bin back, tied securely and placed either
alongside the bin or on top of the closed lid. This will ensure
no wind blown litter arises.
4.1.4 The proposals will take effect once a publicity campaign has
been undertaken in the November ‘Shuttle’ and local press.
The campaign will also be broadcast on local radio.
4.1.5 Information stickers will also be attached to all wheeled bins
giving the following information:
* Lids must be closed or the bin will not be emptied.
* Occasional additional waste must be placed in tied bags
alongside or on top of the closed lid of the bin.
* No garden waste must be included in the waste to be
* No building or DIY waste must be deposited in the bins.
* Do not ‘overpack’ the bin or the waste may not be able
to be discharged.
* Recycle all possible materials: Cans, bottles, paper,
* Flatten all plastic bottles and cardboard before placing
* Waste management help line 585921.
* Recycling/Composing help line 585614.
* Bulky item free collection help line 585921.
4.2 If the recommendations are carried out, the risk to operatives would be
4.3 Householders whose waste cannot be taken due to overfilled bins will
be left a note giving reasons for not emptying the bin.
4.4 It is anticipated that there will be public comment, but the reasons for
the proposed course of action is based on a sound assessment of the
risks. Customers complaining will be advised accordingly.
4.5 Some bins where the overfilled is minimal, and the lid is open at an
angle not exceeding 45º may be emptied if the operative is confident
that there is minimal risk.
5. POLICY IMPLICATIONS
5.1 The recommendations will ensure the Councils core values in respect
of provision of quality services and valuing employees will be met.
6. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
6.1 The publicity campaign will be met from existing resources within
Technical Services and Direct Services Departments.
7. LEGAL IMPLICATIONS
7.1 There could be legal implications of not implementing the
recommendations as an unsafe working environment could be created.
8. RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS
8.1 No additional resources would be needed subject to editorial space
being available in the November ‘Shuttle’.
9.1 Consultations with neighbouring Authorities and the Trade Unions
have taken place.
CONTACT OFFICER: A Wilkinson 5367
DATE: 11th September 2000
BACKGROUND PAPER: 1 – Risk Assessment carried out 2nd February 2000