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The Need for Good Design with the Bin Stores

The Code sets out mandatory requirements for bin stores, covered within the category WAS1, that every Code rated dwelling has to achieve. It is paramount to the visual appearance of the scheme that these are well designed. If the bin stores are not designed for convenience, occupants are likely to end up leaving rubbish and bins outside houses.

This will harm the scheme visually and may have an impact on the social quality of the area.

Good Design Considerations for Bin Stores

  • Provide adequate space to accommodate BS5906:2005 compliant bins, on level hardstanding.
  • Be aware of the Local Authority requirements; are there requirements for providing recycling and green/kitchen waste bins? These will ensure additional credits can be claimed.
  • If sacks are to be provided by the Local Authority only, adequate space must be provided, on level hardstanding, and covered. The ‘basketball hoops’ style of bag holder will suffice if it is provided with a lid. In addition to the Code requirements, these bags should also be fully covered so vermin cannot tear the bag, and an adequate number provided to accommodate all bags over the collection period.
  • All bins (external and internal) must be wheelchair accessible, with adequate turning circles (1500mm), level thresholds and non-obstructed routes.
  • Careful consideration must be given to the practicality of these stores;
    • Are they easy to use for both the occupier and waste collection operators?
    • Is it located in a practical location for both the occupier and waste collection operators?
    • How far does the collection vehicle have to park from the waste point?
  • If fitting bins in tight spaces is overly difficult, they will not be used.
  • Bin stores should be designed as a ‘feature’ not as an ‘add on’. They can contribute to active frontages, adding vitality to the public realm.
  • Avoid, where possible, designing bin stores near windows for obvious smell reasons and from a daylighting point of view. If designed too deep they may cause excessive shading (orientation dependant) leading to reduced natural daylight in the dwelling.
  • Large scale developments with high densities should, where feasible, consider automated underground waste shoots.