26 June 2009

Improved efficiency & sick cover of dog bin emptying

The Council has a number of dog bins located in parks and open spaces in Bath. In the past these have been emptied by a dedicated operative and the waste treated as "clinical waste". Guidance is now that this can be treated as other (domestic) waste and does not need to be separated as it can be co-mingled with other waste streams. The authority has therefore combined its operations for emptying of parks litter bins and the dog bins, leading to a saving in time (and labour costs) and better sick cover.

We are now looking to combine this operation with the emptying of street litter bins to improve efficiency and free up street cleaners so they can focus on their primary task (and not be required to empty bins into their barrows on their rounds).

Thanks to Bath and NE Somerset Council for this example

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