Assaults on Refuse Collectors

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Date of Request:    29 May 2015

Date of Disclosure: 16 June 2015

Please find Devon County Council’s response to each of the questions below;

  1. In the last financial year 2014/15 how many incidents did your authority record where refuse collectors were assaulted by members of the public while carrying out council duties? Please give a brief description of the circumstances of the incident.

NOTE: By refuse collectors I mean all employees whose main duties are involved in the collection of rubbish (all types) from homes and businesses with your authority.

NOTE: If the refuse collection duties are carried out by a third party company hired by the council the information is still HELD by the council, because it is information held on your behalf.


A) Please note that Devon County Council does not employ refuse collectors and therefore does not hold the information requested. I understand that responsibility for refuse collection rests with each of the District and Unitary Councils in Devon.  I therefore suggest that you contact each of these organisations directly to obtain the information requested.

In the interest of providing you advice and assistance, please find details for each of the district councils in Devon on our website at;

Details for the unitary councils of Plymouth City and Torbay Borough Council are available below;