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					 CABINET                                                                 24 February 2004

 REPORT TO            CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITIES & REGENERATION
 SUBJECT              BULKY HOUSEHOLD WASTE COLLECTION AND
                      COMMUNITY FURNITURE PROJECT
 WARD(S)              ALL
 KEY DECISION         YES : REFERENCE 288/CR
 STATUS               OPEN
 REPORT OF            HEAD OF STREET CARE
 CONTACT              BOB BROOKS (01256) 844844 ext 2771 or (01256) 845771 direct
                      line or email b.brooks@basinsgtoke.gov.uk


1.    Purpose

1.1   The purpose of this report is to introduce charges for the collection of bulky household
      waste, which will allow for appointments to be made for the collection of such waste
      and also for the diversion of re-usable furniture to a furniture scheme which will
      provide low-cost furniture and white goods to people on low incomes. The
      introduction of a furniture scheme is the first phase of a plan to deal with bulky
      household waste in an environmentally sound manner and will be followed by the
      recovery for recycling of non-reusable material.

2.    Background Information

2.1   The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA) places a duty on the Council as a Waste
      Collection Authority to collect household waste from domestic properties and other
      defined premises in its area. A charge can be made for this service for types of waste
      scheduled in the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 (as amended) – refer to
      Appendix 1.

2.2   Section 51 of the Environmental Protection Act requires Waste Disposal Authorities, in
      our case Hampshire County Council, to provide sites where householders may take their
      waste for disposal at no cost to the householder. The Household Waste Recycling
      Centre in Wade Road, Basingstoke, is provided by Hampshire County Council for the
      purposes of Section 51.

2.3   This report deals with bulky household waste and, therefore, is directly related to the
      provisions of Schedule 2 (i) (ii) and (iii) of the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992.

2.4   All Fees and Charges are due to be reviewed as part of the budget and policy
      framework. It has been highlighted that this service could raise income.

2.5   The Voluntary Sector in Basingstoke and Deane has identified the need for low cost
      furniture to be made available to low income families and individuals. To meet this
      need an approach has been made to the Community Furniture Project (CFP) (Newbury)
      inviting them to introduce a project in Basingstoke and Deane. The CFP is a charity
      which has very successfully provided a low-cost furniture scheme to the residents of
      West Berkshire for several years. The proposal is that a similar scheme be introduced
      in Basingstoke and Deane under the umbrella of the Newbury Community Resource


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      Centre Ltd (this is the registered charity) in order that their experience and expertise can
      ensure the success of a scheme in the Borough.

3.    Bulky Household Waste – The Existing Service

3.1   No charge is currently made for the collection of furniture, white goods, large toys,
      curtains, carpets and other internal furnishings providing the removal of the waste can
      be carried out by two men within a 15-minute period. There is no limit on the number
      of occasions that the householder may request the service. Several requests to remove
      household waste include items which could be diverted to the proposed furniture
      scheme which will make such items available at low cost to people and families who
      are disadvantaged economically. As there are currently no limits on the amount of
      free collections there is considerable evidence to suggest that the Council is being used
      to undertake what would be better termed house clearance. The Council received
      approximately 30,000 requests for this service in financial year 2002/03.

3.2   The Council currently makes a charge to collect certain wastes, limiting the free service
      to bulky items, which a householder would normally take with them should they move
      house. A minimum charge of £42 is made for such items as fixtures and fittings,
      kitchen units, bathroom suites, internal and external doors, double-glazing, DIY waste,
      garden furniture and garden waste. The charge increases depending on the quantity and
      therefore the time needed to collect. Before charged work is undertaken, a quote for the
      cost is prepared and the householder advised accordingly. The Council has received
      an income of £11,600 during the period 1 April 2003 to 31 January 2004.

3.3   The service is currently provided by the Council‟s own workforce which employs three
      vehicles and six men permanently on this task, with a regular requirement for a further
      vehicle and two men in order to meet satisfactory service delivery times presently set at
      5 working days, commencing on the day after receipt of the request. No appointments
      are made; the resident is asked to place the material outside from 7.00 am on the next
      working day following their request.

3.4   Cost of providing the service in financial year 2002/03 was budgeted at £184,000
      though the actual cost was £216,426. A further overspend of £40,000 is forecast in
      2003/04 and is due to the additional cost of vehicle hire and the need for agency staff to
      maintain the current level of service which is to collect within 5 days of receiving a
      request.

4.    Waste Management Issues – Bulky Household Waste

4.1   In financial year 2002/03 1951 tonnes of material were collected for disposal. As there
      is currently no means of re-use or recycling the material, with the exception of fridges
      and freezers, the majority went to landfill or incineration. This waste constitutes 3.9%
      of household waste collected by the Council.

4.2   If the Furniture Project was to be introduced much of this waste could be diverted for
      re-use, particularly white goods which are often disposed of as a result of kitchen re-
      design or minor malfunction which is easily remedied by a competent electrician.

4.3   Collected fridges and freezers are recycled as the refrigerants have to be removed and
      the remainder of the equipment can, therefore, be recycled. 148 tonnes (4228 units) of
      fridges and freezers were collected in financial year 2002/2003, resulting in 133 tonnes
      of material being recycled – a recycling rate of 90%.
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4.4   Given the Council has been set very challenging statutory recycling targets
      opportunities which will help increase the recycling rate whilst also minimising the
      waste requiring disposal should be seized if such targets are to be achieved.

4.5   Once re-usable furniture and white goods have been diverted to a low cost furniture
      scheme, efforts need to be made to reduce the amount of waste remaining that currently
      goes to landfill or incineration. Schemes which involve the recycling of the remaining
      materials will be further investigated with an ultimate aim of reducing the amount of
      waste recycling final disposal to some 10% of current levels. Such actions will be in
      support of the Hampshire Natural Resource Initiative and designed to promote the re-
      use – recycle elements of the waste hierarchy.

4.6   The ultimate aim of waste management with regard to bulky household waste is to
      reduce the environmental effects of the operation and to gain most benefit for the
      material collected.

5.    Discussion

5.1   A recent survey of Hampshire Authorities indicated that this Council is the only
      Council to provide a free service. Appendix 2 gives the detail of the service provided
      by other authorities and the charges they make. It is interesting to note that only
      Southampton City Council and ourselves deal with 30,000+ collections per annum.
      Where Councils charge the number of requests is much reduced.

5.2   It is clear that our residents appreciate the free collection service which is evident from
      the level of demand. However, there are considerable environmental effects
      occasioned by the Council‟s inability to reduce the amount of waste going for final
      disposal which would be much reduced if re-use and recycling systems were to be
      introduced.

5.3   The County Council provides the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Wade
      Road which is designed to maximise the amount of material to be recycled and to
      minimise the amount requiring final disposal.        Residents can take their bulky
      household waste, and other wastes, to the HWRC, free of charge, safe in the knowledge
      that at least 50% of it will be re-used or recycled.

5.4   The introduction of a charge for the collection of bulky household waste may encourage
      greater use of the HWRC thereby reducing the need for final disposal.

5.5   Should a charge be introduced for the collection of bulky household waste which has
      the effect of reducing the demand for the service it will be possible to improve the
      service delivery to the householder by the introduction of a „collection slot‟.
      Householders will be given a date and either a morning or afternoon collection time.
      The current system of collection requires a resident to put the material out for collection
      the day following the request. This means that the material is outside for up to 5 days
      which can present serious problems associated with vandalism and to a lesser extent,
      arson. Waste placed outside people‟s properties for this period of time is often “added
      to” by others or scattered about the locality.

5.6   The Contact Centre will be able to take payment in advance of the service being
      provided. In cases of hardship the Head of Street Care will have discretion to waive the
      charge.

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5.7    If charges are to be set they need to be of a level which will reduce demand on the
       service, divert material to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or encourage the re-
       use potential.

5.8    Concern is often expressed that the introduction of charges leads to an increase in
       flytipping. The local authorities surveyed have indicated that there is no noticeable
       increase except in the case of some housing estates where residents take advantage of
       bin storage areas and „out of the way‟ places. It is considered that there may, therefore,
       be a slight increase but that the presence of community wardens, street care officers and
       the potential use of enforcement powers such as the use of camera surveillance and the
       issuing of fixed penalty notices, will control the incidence to manageable levels. The
       Council is currently investigating the use of surveillance cameras which would be ideal,
       both as a deterrent, and as a means of obtaining evidence, for dealing with regular
       dumping sites predominately in the rural area. There is considerable evidence that
       large scale fly tipping in rural sites is trade related either to particular trades such as
       kitchen and bathroom alterations or to “man and van” activities associated with house
       clearance on general rubbish removal. There is evidence that the average citizen does
       not resort to flytipping. Indeed, the majority of flytipping currently taking place in the
       Borough is trade related, with few instances of purely household waste being dumped.

5.10   When other authorities have introduced charges there has been a reduction in the level
       of demand. It is considered that the introduction of charge of £10 could lead to a 10%
       reduction in demand.

6.     The Proposed Furniture Scheme

6.1    There is currently no organisation providing second-hand low cost furniture and white
       goods within the Borough. For several years the Council and the voluntary sector have
       been attempting to introduce a scheme along the lines of the Furniture Recycling
       Network which operates very successfully in other parts of the country.

6.2    A scheme, The Newbury Community Furniture Project exists in West Berkshire and
       provides a service to residents of parishes to the North West of the Borough. A
       Steering Group representing local charities under the leadership of Basingstoke
       Voluntary Services (BVS) have recently been in discussion with the Newbury Scheme
       to explore the possibility of a similar operation being set up to provide a service to the
       whole of the Borough.

6.3    Considerable progress has been made which has led to a Basingstoke and Deane project
       almost becoming a reality. The Community Furniture Project (Newbury) has
       produced a business plan which would see the setting up of a Community Furniture
       Project (Basingstoke).

6.4    The objectives of the Project are:-

       (a)     to enable disadvantaged people to make long term changes to their lives by the
               provision of second-hand furniture at low cost;

       (b)     to enable people (particularly those at a disadvantage) to engage in volunteering
               activities that really make a difference to others in their community; and



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      (c)     to enable people to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration
              by providing a means of re-use and recycling.

6.5   The benefits that would accrue from the introduction of the scheme are:-

      (a)     The provision of low-cost furniture to equip the house may seem like an
              obvious and very practical need. It is, but it is also far more. Offering people
              a choice of reasonable low-cost furniture means they can get pleasure from the
              items they choose and in turn feel proud of their home, respect it and look after
              it. They can relax in their home, have the confidence that items are safe for
              their children; overall helping to reduce the financial strain and the huge stress
              of moving house.

      (b)     A furniture scheme can offer even more to people. Many are not working and
              have never thought of volunteering anywhere, but would find the scheme an
              accessible and less formal way of helping others, whilst boosting their own self-
              esteem and gaining work and social skills that might lead them back into paid
              employment.

      (c)     A furniture scheme in an area such as Basingstoke and Deane addresses both
              the needs of the very poorest and most disadvantaged, but it also helps the
              thousands of people struggling on low incomes in an affluent area. Because
              there is so much surplus furniture, it is possible to make it available to these
              people too, and for the scheme to use that opportunity to generate some income
              creating a very effective business cycle of giving, supplying, generating income
              and value for money.

      (d)     There are considerable “feel good” benefits to people who can donate their no
              longer wanted furniture and white goods to allow for re-use. Many people
              actively seek such a route and are disappointed when they cannot find a scheme
              to allow for re-use.

      These benefits support the Council‟s Housing Policies.

6.6   There is considerable demand for low cost furniture as indicated by the experience of
      partner organisations involved in the earlier Welcare Scheme. The Welcare Scheme
      made some 700 collections a year and provided furniture to 130 single parents.
      Basingstoke Churches Housing Trust provided furniture and offer help to 20 families a
      year. Kingfisher and Oakfern Housing Associations estimate that up to 150 tenants per
      annum require furniture to set up homes.      The current scheme operating in Newbury
      services the requirements of 2,400 clients a year and it is anticipated that a similar client
      base existing in Basingstoke and Deane.

6.7   The Council wishes to see the introduction of a low-cost furniture scheme and is
      seeking initiatives which will allow for the proposed scheme to be funded.

6.8   The Furniture Project has produced a three year plan and associated budget. It has
      shown income of £454,000 which includes a grant from CRED (Lottery New
      Opportunities Fund) of £198,000. Against this is an expenditure of £633,000. The
      CRED Grant is available from April 2004, but is conditional on sufficient other funds
      being obtained, it follows therefore that without additional funding the scheme cannot
      be introduced. .
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7.     Conclusion

7.1    The existing service is well used and popular with householders, however it is
       expensive to provide and has serious environmental implications.

7.2    Steps need to be taken to resolve the projected bulk collection budget deficit of £40,000
       whilst protecting the service for those in greatest need and where possible funding re-
       use and recycling opportunities.

7.3    If charges were to be introduced it is considered that a simple flat rate be employed and
       that customers be required to pay for the service in advance when requesting the
       service. The flat rate would apply to any items which can be removed by two men in a
       maximum time of fifteen minutes.

7.4    If a charge of £10 was to be introduced there would be some reduction in demand but
       this would be unlikely to exceed 10% of that currently experienced.

8.     Consultation Already Undertaken

8.1    A draft of this report was circulated to Members in December. Comments received as
       a result of this consultation have been taken into consideration in the preparation of this
       report.

8.2    Since the issue of the draft paper there has been further consultation with the
       Community Furniture Project (Newbury) which has provided detail concerning the
       additional funding necessary to allow the Basingstoke Project to proceed.

8.3    Members have been invited to visit the Newbury Project and to see how the proposed
       Basingstoke Project would bring benefits to the people of Basingstoke and Deane.

9.     Environmental and Sustainability Considerations

9.1    The existing scheme appears to encourage poor waste management whilst negating
       opportunities for recycling and re-use. The environmental effects of landfilling this
       type of waste are considerable as most of the material has a high volume demand in
       terms of landfill space. The proposal will be more sustainable in that landfill will be
       avoided and re-use and recycling options can extend the life of the waste as well as
       avoiding the use of virgin material.

9.2    A furniture scheme would provide local employment as well as opportunity to
       undertake voluntary work. The Newbury Scheme currently has some 25-30 volunteers.
       This could contribute to individual self-esteem and learning activities. Provision of
       low cost furniture would have both social and economic benefits.

10.    Financial Implications

10.1   It is estimated that the cost of providing the bulk collection service in 2004/5 will be in
       the region of £200,000. This excludes any additional costs for occasional vehicles or
       agency staff.

10.2   The proposed charge of £10 for the collection of bulky household waste has been
       estimated in the budget to generate additional income of £100,000.

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10.3   As this is a new charge a prudent estimate of the additional income has been made and
       the actual income received could be higher. If demand is less than anticipated, then
       collection costs will be reduced

10.4   There is no budget provision in 2004/05 to support the furniture scheme which is
       estimated to have financial requirements over 3 years as follows:-

                               04/05          05/06          06/07          TOTAL

                              £000s          £000s           £000s          £000s

       Expenditure            163.2           203.1          266.7            635

       Income                 130.4           133.2          190.4            454

       Shortfall               32.8              70.0         76.2            179

10.5   The funding of the Council‟s 2004/05 revenue contribution to the scheme of £32,800
       can be met by a corresponding reduction in the contribution to the revenue reserve for
       capital purposes. The future budget requirements will be included in the updated
       medium term financial forecast, also to be funded from a reduction in the contribution
       to the revenue reserve for capital purposes. The Portfolio Holder for Communities and
       Regeneration will receive a further report on the furniture scheme‟s business plan and
       the exit strategy for the Council.



11.    Legal and Personnel Implications

11.1   The Controlled Waste Regulations allow for the Council to make charges for the
       collection of bulky household waste.

11.2   Training of Contact Centre staff will be required to allow for payments in advance of
       service to be made.



12.    Recommendation

12.1   It is recommended that the Cabinet:

       a) introduce a charge of £10 to remove items of bulky household waste where the
          collection takes two men less than 15 minutes and;

       b) retains the current minimum charge of £42 for larger quantities and items such as
          bathroom suites, kitchen units and DIY waste; and

       c) that charges are paid in advance of collection;

       d) the charges be reviewed annually as part of the budget process.




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12.2   It is recommended that the Council agree the increase in the 2004/05 Waste
       Management Budget of £32,800 funded by a corresponding reduction in the
       contribution to the revenue reserve for capital purposes, subject to the Portfolio Holder
       for Communities and Regeneration agreeing the furniture scheme business plan and exit
       strategy.




                              1) Controlled Waste Regulations 1992
 APPENDICES
                              2) Services Fees and Charges

 BACKGROUND
                              None
 PAPERS




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                                                                        APPENDIX 1
                           Controlled Waste Regulations 1992

Schedule 2 – Household Waste for which a charge may be made.

(i)      Any article of waste which exceeds 25kg in weight
(ii)     Any article of waste which does not fit, or cannot be fitted into:
         -   a receptacle for household waste provided in accordance with S46 of the
             EPA; or
         -   where no such receptacle is provided, a cylindrical container 750
             millimetres in diameter and 1 meter in length
(iii)    Garden waste
(iv)     Clinical waste
(v)      Waste from a residential hostel, a residential home or from premises forming
         part of a university, school or other education establishment or forming part of a
         hospital or nursing home
(vi)     Waste from domestic property, a caravan used in the course of a business for
         the provision of self-catering holiday accommodation
(vii)    Dead domestic pets
(viii)   Any substances or articles, which, by virtue of a notice serviced by a collection
         authority under Section 46, the occupier of the premises may not put into a
         receptacle for household waste provided in accordance with that Section
(ix)     Litter and refuse collected under Section 89(i)(f)
(x)      Waste from domestic property forming part of a composite hereditament
(xi)     Any mineral or synthetic oil or grease
(xii)    Asbestos
(xiii)   Waste from a caravan site, which, in accordance with any licence or planning
         permission regulating the use of the caravan site on which the caravan is
         stationed, is not allowed to be used for human habitation throughout the year
(xiv)    Waste from a campsite, other than from any domestic property on that property
(xv)     Waste from premises occupied by a charity and wholly or mainly used for
         charitable purposes, unless it is waste from premises exempted from local non-
         domestic rating
(xvi)    Waste from a prison or other penal institution
(xvii) Waste from a hall or other premises used wholly or mainly for public meetings
(xviii) Waste from a royal palace.




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                                                                                                                                                                                              Appendix 2
                                                                                         Services Fees And Charges
                                                                                      Bulky Household Waste Collection

1. Is the service provided free, if so what are the criteria: - Tine, size, number of items, number of requests allowed per annum?
                                                                                                                                                    Basingstoke &
     Winchester         Rushmoor             New Forest          Portsmouth               Gosport          Test Valley             Havant                                      Hart            Southampton
                                                                                                                                                        Deane
NO                   Until Sept 30th       Started charging   Free for residents     No                  No                   Change to a           Yes – items that a   There is a charge    Free service for
                     2002 bulky waste      for all special    on benefits. A                                                  chargeable service    householder may      for this service.    the first 3
                     was collected free    collections on     free collection is                                              being brought in      reasonable take                           collections in a
                     of charge.            1/4/00. They are   for 2 or 3 cubic                                                at present time –     with them on                              12-month period
                     Households were       still free for     meters. Unlimited                                               hope to go live       moving house.                             after that a charge
                     allowed 2             people on          free collections                                                Sept this year.       Not more then 2                           is levied. Up to
                     collections per       benefits.          per household at                                                Always offered        men could move                            30 items per
                     year up to 3 items.                      present. Due to                                                 free service with     in 20 mins.                               collection of
                     No appointments                          some abuse,                                                     about 10,000                                                    which 10 can be
                     could be made.                           intend to limit to 2                                            visits. Pickup                                                  furniture. No
                                                              per year per                                                    unlimited number                                                charges for
                     From 30th Sep                            household.                                                      of items (not                                                   customers on
                     2002 a charge for                        Limited to the                                                  house clearances)                                               benefits of limits
                     collection was                           total no. Of                                                    and no limit on                                                 on the number of
                     introduced                               collections to 100                                              number per                                                      collections they
                                                              per week                                                        property.                                                       can receive
2.    If a charge is made, what is the charge? Are there any restrictions? Is payment required before collection or in invoiced raised.
                                                                                                                                                    Basingstoke &
     Winchester         Rushmoor             New Forest         Portsmouth                Gosport          Test Valley             Havant                                      Hart            Southampton
                                                                                                                                                        Deane
£10 per item.        The current           £3 per item, £20   £25 for 3 items / 2    1 item - £17        £10 1 Item           Two options           No charge            Up to 3 items I.e.   Tiered charging
£16.16 2/3 items.    charge is £20 for     per fridge,        cubic meters. £45      2 Items _ £30       £20 for multiples.   being argued                               sofa and 2 chairs    system for
£21.21 4/5 items.    3 items. This         minimum charge     3 cubic meters.        3 Items - £ 45      Estimates for        about – charge for                         £20. Large loads     collections above
£38.89 half load.    charge is reduced     £15, no limit on   £60 4 cubic            Residents on        large amounts        all collections                            priced               3. £17.50 for 10
£80.80 full load.    to £10 for any        items per          meters. No             benefits receive                         with a concession                          individually.        items, £23.50 for
                     resident who is on    collection.        restriction on         50% discount on                          for OAP‟s and                                                   20 items and £30
                     benefits. An          Payment is         amount when            all collections.                         residents                                                       for 30 items.
                     appointment can       required before    above 4 cubic          Payment has to be                        receiving benefits.                                             Items accepted by
                     be booked for a       collection.        meters it is priced    made before                              The other with                                                  credit cards and
                     particular day and                       as a one rather        collection is                            one free collection                                             invoices sent
                     payment must be                          then on one            made.                                    per property per                                                where payment is
                     made before an                           volume. Payment                                                 year then charge                                                requested by
                     appointment is                           has to be received                                              for any others.                                                 either cash or
                     made. Invoices                           before collection.                                              £10 single rate                                                 cheque. Payment
                     are only issued to                       No invoices are                                                 item. £20 up to 1                                               has to clear
                     housing                                  raised.                                                         cubic meter. £30                                                before service is
                     associations etc.                                                                                        up to 2 cubic                                                   provided.
                     for clearing bulky                                                                                       meters. £50 over
                     waste from                                                                                               2 cubic meters.
                     commercial bin
                     stores.


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3.    Have you changed the service from chargeable to free or vice versa in the last 5 years? Do you have any evidence to prove any connection with an increase/Decrease in fly tipping? If no
      firm evidence what is your gut feeling?
                                                                                                                                        Basingstoke &
     Winchester       Rushmoor             New Forest       Portsmouth              Gosport          Test Valley         Havant                                 Hart            Southampton
                                                                                                                                             Deane
No                   Yes, service        Started charging     In 1997 services      Yes – charges      c. 3000              Have carried out a   No                 No                    The introduction
                     changes from free   for collections      changed from          implemented in                          poll previously                                               of the first 3 only
                     to chargeable. No   1/4/00. No           being free and        April 2002. No                          and consensus                                                 free of charge has
                     evidence of an      evidence of an       unlimited to being    increase in fly                         appears to be that                                            lead to no
                     increase in fly     effect on fly        only free to          tipping as a                            fly tipping                                                   significant
                     tipping but some    tipping. There       residents             result.                                 increases for a                                               reduction in the
                     complaints from     had been no          receiving benefits.                                           short period then                                             number of
                     the housing         massive increase     No specific                                                   decreases to a                                                requests for the
                     associations        in fly tipping and   evidence for extra                                            manageable level.                                             service or
                     where some          the items dumped     fly tipping,                                                                                                                increase. From
                     residents are       tend to be things    although housing                                                                                                            October 2003 the
                     avoiding payment    that we do not       land seems to be                                                                                                            number of free
                     by dumping bulky    take on special      more affected                                                                                                               collections will be
                     items in the        collections, i.e.    over past years.                                                                                                            reduced to 1 with
                     communal bin.       garden waste,                                                                                                                                    no concessions.
                                         building                                                                                                                                         In parallel a new
                                         materials.                                                                                                                                       „bring out your
                                                                                                                                                                                          dead‟ service will
                                                                                                                                                                                          be operated.
4.     How many collections do you make each year?
                                                                                                                                                 Basingstoke &
     Winchester         Rushmoor           New Forest           Portsmouth             Gosport           Test Valley            Havant                                    Hart             Southampton
                                                                                                                                                     Deane
12 per day = c3000    See Below          See Below            Free – approx 5,000   2002/02 – 1,061    Massive reduction.   Approx. 10,000       2002/03 – 29,369   Normal collections    Approx. 30,000
                                                              Charges – estimated   items collected.   Approx. 10 –                                                 1,719. Larger loads
                                                              1,000                                    11,000 down to                                               132
                                                                                                       3000
5.     If you have changed you service from free to chargeable or vice versa could you provide before and after numbers.
                                                                                                                                                 Basingstoke &
     Winchester         Rushmoor           New Forest           Portsmouth             Gosport           Test Valley            Havant                                    Hart             Southampton
                                                                                                                                                     Deane
                      Approx. 475        1998/00 14,107       Service cost                                                  See Above            No                 N/a
                      collections per    collections (free)   around 3150k in
                      month when it      1999/2000 13,589     its last free year
                      was free of        collections (limit   and now limited
                      charge.            2 free collections   free collection
                                         per household)       cost around £60k.
                      Currently it is    2000/01 6,820        We may well have
                      approx. 170        collections (£5      been doing over
                      collections per    charge)              10,000 free
                      month with the     2001/02 6,862        collections per
                      charge.            collections (£7      year I 1997 but
                                         charge)              cannot confirm
                                         2002/03 5,545        this.
                                         collections (£14
                                         charge)

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6.     Do you recycle any of the material? Do you divert any of the material collected to charities, furniture schemes etc.?
                                                                                                                                               Basingstoke &
     Winchester         Rushmoor             New Forest           Portsmouth            Gosport       Test Valley              Havant                                   Hart   Southampton
                                                                                                                                                   Deane
Fridges/Freezers     Bulky waste is        No – people          All metals are      No to both      Goods taken to      All metal recycled     No – some           No          White goods
to HWS. Metal        delivered to the      requesting           recycled. Nothing                   CA sites            as light iron scrap.   electrical goods                recycled.
items to skip.       HCC waste             collections are      else thought,                                           Nothing else           diverted to
                     transfer station at   told about local     which we aim to                                         diverted at            furniture schemes
                     Farnborough. No       recycling schemes    change in                                               present.
                     waste is diverted     before they book     partnership with
                     to charities or       and pay for a        ONYX.
                     furniture schemes.    collection. We
                                           collected 2,097
                                           fridges in 2001/02
                                           and 1,836 fridges
                                           in 2002/03 and
                                           these were
                                           recycled by HWS




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