Information for Developers
Waste Management Information for
This page sets out information about
your responsibilities relating to waste management when planning
new developments. It also sets out the specifications
relating to bin storage & location that Bedford Borough
Council expects to see included in planning applications.
All new residential developments must be
provided with suitable and appropriate storage areas and capacity
for domestic, refuse and recyclable waste which is convenient for
both residents and collection crews.
It is highly recommended that developers
consult with the Council on the provision of, and access
to, waste storage facilities at the initial planning stage to
avoid future problems. The information below is to assist
developers to estimate what waste and recycling storage
requirements are suitable for the needs of the
The Waste and Operational Policies Document states all of the
Council's current policies regarding Waste Management. To view the
document please click here. (551kb pdf)
Bedford Borough Council is constantly trying
to improve the quality of life for residents and is actively
pursuing measures to minimise the volume of waste placed out for
collection and maximise recycling. There should be an opportunity
for consultation between developers and the Council on the design
of any new development with regard to waste and recycling
facilities and access. Through consultation, we can ensure that any
facilities are compatible with the collection systems operated by
the Council and its contractors both now and in the future.
Your responsibility as a developer
Your responsibility is to ensure that all
premises have adequate storage space to contain waste and
recyclable material, that consideration is made as to collection
points and easy access for collection vehicles can be maintained.
Storage space is dependent on the size of the development and
In general, individual dwellings should be provided with
allocated space to store three 240 litre wheelie bins as
- 180 litres of refuse bin capacity
- 240 litres of recycling bin capacity
- 240 litres of garden waste bin capacity
Enough space should be provided to enable the
storage of bins away from the public realm and street scene,
and for bins to then be placed at a designated collection
point on collection days.
Where it is not practical to provide separate
bins for each household, provision should be made communally for
shared bins for both waste and recycling. The total minimum
volume of bin storage for each dwelling proposed should be
calculated at the rate of:
- 180 litres of storage for refuse
- 240 litres of storage of recyclables
- 240 litre of storage of garden waste (where applicable)
A bin storage area should provide enough space for the required
number of bins plus space for them to be easily accessed by
residents and manoeuvred by collection crews.
For developments where there is no space for individual bins or
where bins are to be kept in a communal bin store area, communal
non-standard bins need to be provided and installed by the
developer. Once an order for bins has been placed it is
crucial that the Council’s Waste Services Team is informed so that
information can be provided to residents and collections of the
bins can be arranged.
For advice and/or to notify us of new premises which need to
begin receiving waste and recycling collections please contact the
Waste Services Team at email@example.com
or call 01234 718060.
Common issues with communal bin stores:
- Access for collection crews; narrow roads, vehicles unable to
turn in the road and inadequate provision for parking cars;
- Bin stores do not have enough space to accommodate the
required bin capacity for the number of residents;
- Poor lighting and accessibility encourages residents to misuse
the bin store.
All these issues can be easily avoided by considering the
provision of waste management facilities at the early stages of
design and consulting the Council for advice.
Bedford Borough Council’s collection crews will not enter a
private driveway either in the vehicle or on foot to collect
waste. Where collection points are provided they must be located at
the edge of the highway and a dropped kerb must be
For more information and advice on best
practice when designing refuse and recycling facilities for new
residential developments please refer to our
Supplementary Planning Document or contact Bedford Borough
Council’s Waste Services Team- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also visit the Council's
Planning pages for further information and guidance on planning