Case Studies > Household Waste Collection - Cotswold District Council
Cotswold District Council covers an area of approximately 450 square miles, including 125 parishes and nearly 200 settlements. Within the district there are currently 41,350 domestic properties, with plans to increase this to 45,500 over the next ten years.
Household waste is collected from wheeled bins on the whole, with a small number of properties (around 3000) opting to present their waste in council issue waste sacks for ease of access or storage. In addition, some 400 properties benefit from on an enhanced 'assisted collection' scheme.
Ubico took on the waste collections for Cotswold District Council in August 2012 and has continued to collect the waste in the same format as the previous contractor, with no changes to collection days or policy. Each household receives a waste collection on a fortnightly basis. Collection rounds are split into ten 'zones' arranged geographically to keep fuel costs down and for ease of supervision and contingency planning.
Our collection crews and vehicles are currently based in South Cerney on the outskirts of Cirencester with easy access to the A417, A419 and A429. This base is also conveniently located near to the waste transfer facility in Cirencester and is well located for the heavier collection rounds in the South of the district.
We currently employ a team of 16 full time staff on the household waste team. Most of our operatives live within the district and have an outstanding knowledge of the local area. All staff members are fully trained and competent in manual handling and bin lift operation and work in accordance to industry approved risk assessments and safe systems of working. They are also trained to assist with our organic and recycling collections, which allows us greater flexibility in to accommodate the seasonal peaks and troughs in the volume of waste presented.
To ensure the safety of not only our employees, but also members of the public, our supervisors carry out regular, un-announced quality checks to ensure that our teams are working safely and returning waste receptacles neatly as we expect them to at all times.
Our fleet is currently made up of four 26 tonne RCV's and two smaller, narrow access vehicles for the hard to reach areas. This fleet allows us some spare capacity for cross service vehicle sharing in the event of mechanical failure and routine vehicle maintenance.