“In streets up and down the country, ugly bin clutter has ruined the street scene and the look of people’s homes and gardens.” The Rt. Hon Eric Pickles MP, August 2013
Finding suitable space for domestic waste and recycling storage is a common problem for many households. While existing houses may be stuck with the problem, new Home Design offers scope to accommodate bin storage and collection from the outset. Successful design brings benefits both in terms of reducing visual impacts but also of improving convenience for the people living in new homes.
Better Design Initiative
Following a survey of English LA’s in 2014, the NHBC Foundations used examples of good design, where adequate storage had been integrated unobtrusively, to establish criteria against which developments could be considered. These included:-
- reducing visual impact
- allowing adequate space number & size of bins and containers
- ensuring convenience for use including by residents with reduced mobility
- ensuring that solutions are durable, low maintenance and cleanable
- managing odour and noise issues
- addressing other health and safety issues (including fire and vermin)
- working out arrangements for collection days
- minimising impact on use of pavements and streets by pedestrians and vehicles.
Certain housing types present a greater challenge for designers, e.g. bin storage in terraced houses.
Golden rules – points to consider
This guide sets out a series of best practice examples suitable for designing new housing layouts, i.e..
- Local bin strategy
Always check planning policies for features such as minimum garden depths or maximum carriageway widths. Are there local requirements for provision of bin storage? Consider the frequency and type of bins collected in the area.
- Use of available space
Providing adequate space for the required number of bins will be a greater challenge on densely-developed sites, particularly where there are a lot of terraced houses. Consider the integration of waste and recycling storage from the earliest stages of the design.
- Communal storage
Aim to locate communal waste and recycling storage to be accessible and convenient for all houses and integral to the development’s street scene and circulation routes.
- Collection and access
Consider what happens on bin collection days. Provide appropriate hard standing areas to the front of buildings for bins to be left before and after bin collection. More space may be required when different types of waste and recycling are collected on the same day.
- Appearance and quality
Give thought to how the design and materials of bin stores integrate with the design of the houses on the development. Use materials that will look good for years to come.
Local authorities’ collection strategies may change over time. Try to design storage that is adaptable to future requirements, which can accommodate additional bins.
- Street scene
Consider what residents and visitors will see as they approach the houses. Think about the appearance of the development on collection days.
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