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Wheeled Bin Collection Point Policy

Craven District Council's policy for collection points for wheeled bins, and some FAQs

Background and reason for the Collection Point Policy

Previously we have had a 'Lane-End' and a Curtilage policy for presentation of wheeled bins. This was the case since the introduction of wheeled bins. The new policy includes any households that are required to take their wheeled bins to collection points. These will be predominantly terraced properties with rear alleys.
The policy was presented at the September 2014 meeting of the Policy Committee: Policy Committee 16 September 2014

The Collection Point Policy

Remote / Lane End properties

  • Council vehicles will not travel up unadopted roads unless approved by the Operations Manager.
  • Residents living in properties situated on unadopted roads will be required to present their waste to the nearest public highway unless the collection point as agreed with the Council. (The Road has to be driveable with a suitable turning point and contain three or more properties)..
  • Damage to collection vehicles will be a priority when considering provision of service. Deterioration of any aspect of the suitability of the unadopted road may result in the removal of the arrangement. In this case a direction would be made requiring waste to be placed at a specified point adjacent to the adopted highway.
  •  When considering the suitability of uplift points the following safety considerations must be met.
  1. There must be a minimum turning circle of 23 metres at the end of a dead end road.
  2. Roads must have a minimum width of 5 metres allowing the collection vehicles to continue in a forward direction. 
  3. The bearing strength of the road and any associated structure must be adequate for a 26 tonne vehicle.
  4. The condition of the road surface must be to an acceptable standard.
  5. There should be no soft verges on narrow roads.
  6. There should be no risk to hydraulics, mirrors or paintwork from overhanging or projecting trees/bushes.
  7. Road gradients should not be excessive.
  • For unadopted roads that do not meet the criteria, the Council will agree alternative uplift arrangements at the road end.

Terraced properties

In respect of terraced properties if the collection vehicle cannot access the back alley then residents will be required to present their waste to collection points.

Generic notes

  • Assisted collection can be applied for as part of the Collection Point Policy.The final decision will be at the discretion of the Operations Manager.
  • Where refuse is required to be taken to a lane end or communal collection point the Waste Collection Authority has the powers to require occupiers to do so under the terms of Environmental Protection Act 1990 S46(4b). This being as a consequence of S45(1) of the Act in respect to a property being in the opinion of the Authority so isolated or inaccessible that the cost of collecting it would be unreasonably high. There would be no appeal process as part of this policy.


  • A 'road' is legally defined as a way over which there is a public right of access. That is access is by right and not by permission of the owner.
  • An 'unadopted road' is a road which is not maintained by the Council as the Local Roads Authority.


The Council has a duty to uplift household waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, except where the waste is situated at a place which is so isolated or inaccessible that the cost of collecting is unreasonably high.

The Council may also stipulate the collection point of the waste receptacles be so positioned that they can be accessed and serviced.

A statutory service is one that the Council has to carry out. A non statutory service is a service that the Council can choose to carry out but it is not required to carry out. A Council may charge for this service. The Garden Waste Collection Service is a non statutory service that Craven District Council does not need to supply.


What are the new waste collection arrangements?

The Council has introduced a Wheeled Bin Collection Point Policy. Craven is the last Council in North Yorkshire to introduce such a policy. Changes will affect approximately 2,500 households that currently leave their wheelie bin for collection in places inaccessible to waste collection vehicles

Why are you making changes?

The changes follow safety concerns highlighted by the Health and Safety Executive in properties with back streets. Some rural properties will be affected as the new policy states that residents living in properties situated on un-adopted roads will be required to present their waste at the nearest collection point.

What are my new arrangements?

Craven District Council will be contacting all affected households between February 2015 and April 2016 to explain, discuss and confirm the changes. Once confirmed a rolling implementation programme will follow. Letters will make it clear to the resident the reason for change e.g. poor terrain, limited access, other obstacles etc. The letters will also identify the proposed collection point and make it clear to the resident that they have the opportunity to discuss alternatives with the waste management team.

Will I be affected?

Most of the affected households are terraced properties with rear alleys that are too narrow for waste trucks to pass through. These households will be asked in future to place their bins at collection points nearer to the kerbside. Some rural properties will also be required to have their waste collected from a lane end.  Anyone who is physically unable to move their bins will be eligible for assistance under the Council's existing 'Assist Scheme'.