Refuse Collection and Recycling Services

The following information provides details on how we may collect use and where appropriate share personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It should be read in conjunction with the Council’s privacy notice document.
 

Why we collect personal data

We collect your data in order to provide you with a waste collection and recycling service.  This may include the chargeable garden waste collection service, commercial waste service, holiday lets collection service and/or an assisted waste collection service, as well as the bulky waste collection service and clinical waste collection service.

What personal data we collect

The personal data we collect will include:

  • name
  • address
  • email address
  • telephone number

We also collect details of any enquiries or complaints which you make in respect of the service.

In specific circumstances we collect financial details to allow payment for applicable services (e.g. trade waste, garden waste) and information about the number of people in your household (e.g. in order to receive a larger capacity bin). 

In some circumstances we'll need more details and sometimes sensitive personal data, such as health data, for example if you are applying for an assisted waste collection service or a clinical waste collection.

We may monitor and record electronic communications (website, email and phone conversations) for a number of reasons such as:

  • staff training
  • records of conversations
  • the detection, investigation and prevention of crime

We will inform you if your call is being recorded or monitored. 

Emails that we send to you or you send to us, may be retained as a record of contact and your email address stored for future use in accordance with our retention periods. If we need to email sensitive or confidential information to you, we may perform checks to verify the correct email address and may take additional security measures.

See our Data Protection Policy for details on how we define personal and non-personal data.

How we use your personal data

We'll only use your personal data in accordance with data protection legislation, and for the purposes stated in this privacy notice.

The council does not need, and does not use, information about you for routine bin collections. Information about you will only be used if you: 

  • report a missed collection 
  • order new, additional or replacement waste and recycling containers 
  • report missing or damaged containers 
  • request a collection of a bulky item 
  • apply for a garden waste collection
  • apply for an assisted collection 
  • apply for a clinical waste collection service
  • request our commercial waste services, including our holiday lets waste collection service 
  • make a general service enquiry, comment or complaint

We'll:

  • only ask for what is necessary for the purposes of providing you with a waste collection and recycling service
  • protect it and make sure nobody has access to it who shouldn’t
  • ensure you know if you have a choice about giving us personal data
  • only share your personal data with other Scarborough Borough Council departments or with external partners, agencies and contractors involved in delivering services on our behalf
  • make sure we don’t keep it for longer than is necessary
  • delete or destroy it securely when we no longer have a need to keep it

We ask that you:

  • give us accurate information
  • tell us as soon as possible of any changes
  • tell us as soon as possible if you notice mistakes in the information we hold about you

From time to time, we may conduct or ask you to take part in a survey to get your feedback, comments and opinions to help us improve our services.

Who we share your personal data with

Any information we use in presentations or reports will be anonymised and will not identify any individuals. For example a report on the levels of recycling or numbers of missed collections will not feature any of your personal data.

We do not disclose or share sensitive or confidential information without your explicit consent except where disclosure is required by law, or where we have good reason to believe that failing to do so, would put you or someone else at risk.

We may be required or permitted, under data protection legislation, to disclose your personal data without your explicit consent, for example if we have a legal obligation to do so, such as for:

  • law enforcement
  • fraud investigations
  • regulation and licensing
  • criminal prosecutions
  • court proceedings

We must protect public funds and may use personal data and data-matching techniques to detect and prevent fraud, collect taxes and ensure public money is targeted and spent in the most appropriate and cost-effective way. To do this, your personal data may be shared with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, including the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, the Police and other local authorities.  We may also share personal data with other Council departments to check your eligibility for some services such as the assisted waste collection service.

Our legal basis for collecting and sharing personal data

There are a number of legal reasons why we need to collect and use your personal information. For this service:

(i) Contract: you have entered into a contract with us. For example, if you have paid for the garden waste service or a commercial waste collection service

(ii) Public task: the processing is necessary for us to perform a task in the public interest or for our official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.

Our service also needs to use sensitive personal data also called “special category data” which requires more protection to keep it safe. This is often information you would not want to be widely known and is very personal to you. It includes health data necessary for assessments for our assisted waste collection service, and for our clinical waste collection service.

We will take extra care of this data. The legal reason for us to collect and use this personal information is:

(a) It is necessary to perform our statutory duties. Scarborough Borough Council has a legal duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to collect household waste.

How long we keep your personal data

We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting or reporting requirements.  We will keep your personal data in accordance with our document retention schedule.  We will delete or destroy your personal data securely.

At the end of the retention period, we may pass any relevant information to the Archives where it is required or appropriate to do so.

Further processing of personal data

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Notice, then we'll provide you with a new notice.

The new notice will:

  • explain this new use before we start the processing
  • set out the relevant purposes and processing conditions

Where and whenever necessary, we'll seek your consent to the new processing, if we start to use your personal data for a purpose not mentioned in this Privacy Notice.

See our Data Protection Policy for details about the further processing of personal data.

Personal data from online payments

The personal data you give to us when using our online payment system will only be used for the recording of your payment. We'll ensure that it is used for no other purpose and is not disclosed to a third party such as other companies or individuals, unless required to do so by law for the prevention of crime and the detection of fraud.

We'll hold it securely and only for as long as is needed. It will then be deleted in line with our Retention and Disposal Policy and Procedures.

See our Data Protection Policy for details on how we process your personal data in connection with online payments.

Your rights relating to your personal data

When we collect your personal data we'll tell you how we are going to use it. Where we process your personal data, you have a number of rights under data protection law.

Find information about your rights on our GDPR page.

Further information

If you have any questions, want to exercise your rights, or if you have a complaint about how your information has been used, please contact us at dataprotection@scarborough.gov.uk or on 01723 232323 or write to:

Data Protection Officer
Scarborough Borough Council
Town Hall
St Nicholas Street
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2HG