Decision details

Review of Policy for Charging for the Provision of Wheeled Bins to New Properties

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To advise Members of the result of the review of the Council’s wheeled bin provision charging policy and seek Members approval for a revised Policy.

Decision:

That the review of the Policy for charging for the provision of wheeled bins to new properties be approved as follows:

 

1)     A delivery and administration charge per property is levied in accordance with Table 1 paragraph 2.2.1 (excluding VAT) of the report. The charge being irrespective of the number or size of bins delivered at any one time.

 

2)     This charge covers the costs for the administration, procurement, storage, cleaning (if necessary) and delivery of the bins.  The bins themselves are provided free of charge to the occupier of the property for their use but remain in the ownership of the Authority and as such must remain at the property when occupiers move house.

 

3)     Collections will only be made from Breckland District Council issued and/or approved wheeled bins.

 

4)     To qualify for a free delivery, occupiers reporting a missing bin and requesting a replacement are required to make a written application together with signed declaration, prior to the bins being delivered, that they have undertaken all reasonable enquiries to locate their bin (s) and the bin is in fact missing/lost or stolen. Alternatively they may report the bin as stolen to the Police and obtain a crime number.

 

5)     Residents who refuse to pay the delivery and administration charge do not receive the Council’s bin provision service and in such cases the Council will invoke the powers under Section 46 (3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by service of notice on the occupier.

 

6)     For housing developments of five or more dwellings the Council, where the developer agrees, enters into a section 106 agreement for the payment and provision of bins to the development in line with the general charging policy.

 

7)     Where a developer refuses to enter into a section 106 agreement for the payment and provision of bins then the charge is levied on the new occupiers of the development in question.

 

 

Reasons for the decision:

The revised Policy would enable cost recovery and therefore budgetary savings.  In addition, the Policy is designed to ensure the numbers of collections are controlled; bins presented match the Council’s collection infrastructure; and it provides a fiscal driver to encourage reductions in residual waste presentation and increased recycling.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1

 

To continue with the existing suspended Policy.

 

Option 2

 

To vary the proposed revised Policy

 

Option 3

 

To agree with the Policy as set out in the report.

Report author: Dale Robinson

Publication date: 22/11/2012

Date of decision: 20/11/2012

Decided at meeting: 20/11/2012 - Cabinet

Effective from: 30/11/2012

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