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Waste Management Guidelines - Waste Provision for Commercial and Mixed Use Developments

Design of Waste Storage Facilities
All developments should provide sufficient storage capacity for all waste arisings irrespective of origin.  The size and layout of each bin storage area must be designed to accommodate a sufficient quantity of refuse and recycling bins for the part of the development the storage area is likely to serve. Where more than one bin storage area is being provided, consideration should be given to the likely usage of each storage area so that they are sized appropriately. For buildings divided into cores, the size of the bin stores must correspond to the requirements in each core. All bins must be fully accessible from the front of the bin so the lid can be lifted to allow for easy depositing of waste. Layouts that require bins to be swapped round mid-week are permissible if it is demonstrated that there will be a site management presence at the development. There must be a minimum of 150mm clearance around and between each bin within a storage area. Where there is more than one bin within a storage area, there must be 2m clearance in front of each bin to enable it to be accessed and safely moved without needing to move any of the other containers. All doors and alleys must be at least 2m wide to allow for safe manoeuvring of bins. The minimum internal height for a bin storage area and any access doorways is 2m. There should be no other internal fixtures or fittings that reduce the clearance above the bins, so that their lids can be opened fully.
Segregation of Commercial and Household Waste
External storage areas for waste on mixed-use developments should normally be segregated, so that domestic and commercial waste bins are in separate secured areas. Access to the domestic bins should only be possible for residents of the development and site management. It is also good practice to secure the commercial bin storage area to prevent residents from misusing these for disposing of household waste. Combined storage of domestic and commercial waste can be permitted if the developers make arrangements for this to be dealt with through a commercial contract All storage areas must be easily identifiable through the use of clear and appropriate signage. It is also recommended that residents and businesses are provided with leaflets or information sheets explaining which waste storage areas to use. In developments where on-site businesses will be arranging individual contracts with waste collection providers, it will be necessary to ensure there is sufficient space available for each commercial unit to have its own bin or allocated area for storage. On developments with multiple commercial units, landlords or site managers may choose to include the cost of waste collection in the unit rental price. This will enable a single contract to be arranged between the landlord/site manager and the Council or a licensed waste collection provider and remove the need for individual bins/storage areas to be provided for each business. Architects and developers should ensure that provisions for waste storage and collection are compatible with the varying container and vehicle types used by different waste contractors. If it is known that a particular provider is the intended contractor for a site then that company should be consulted at the earliest opportunity. Architects and developers should take into consideration that collection arrangements could change in the future so the design of the waste storage and its collection should be suitable for both private and public collection operators.
Waste Storage Capacity
The quantity of waste generated on commercial premises can vary significantly depending on the nature of the business occupants and the frequency of collection they secure through their waste contract. Architects and developers should identify the types of businesses intended for any units proposed on their developments and ensure that adequate storage capacity is provided for the likely quantity of waste generated. Guidance for some types of premises is given in British Standard BS 5906:2005.
Waste Collection Frequency
Residential refuse collections are currently undertaken by Douglas Borough Council on a weekly basis, with recycling services carried out every week or fortnight. Collection frequencies for commercial waste will be dependent on the space available, the amount of waste being generated and the particular contractual arrangements. However, where commercial units will be producing food waste, developers should be aware of the increased likelihood of odours. A minimum of a twice-weekly collection service is recommended for such businesses, and should be allowed for in the design of the waste storage and access. Premises which generate a significant quantity of waste may also benefit from a twice weekly collection to reduce the need for storage space.
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