Communal bin review

How we'll locate the bin hubs

We will decide where to create the bin hubs by looking into

  • safety – ensuring the bin hubs are safe for people recycling, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers
  • the walking distance to the bins
  • neighbourhood sizes – ensuring there are enough bins for everyone to use
  • placing bins on the road rather than pavements where possible
  • reducing street clutter.

Non-recyclable waste and mixed recycling

The aim is to match or exceed the capacity provided to a household receiving the kerbside collection service.

For mixed recycling, the capacity is an increase compared with the current capacity provided in most areas. The non-recyclable waste capacity is reduced but is still significantly more than what would be provided under the kerbside collection, considering the characteristics of flatted properties, for example, transient population, less ownership of a bin and lack of storage.

Those two factors combined enhance the ability for residents to recycle conveniently while reducing the risk of overflow of non-recyclable waste.

Glass, food and drink containers

Glass and food are less bulky so we can be more flexible with the capacity, and expect these to be affected by the deposit return scheme for drink containers. However, the aim would still be to provide glass and food waste containers at each bin location.

Walking distance

Reducing the number of bin locations means that you may need to walk further to dispose of your waste and recycling. We’re trying to make sure that you don’t have to walk further than 50m. We have based this on the distance used by the Government to assess mobility. However, sometimes this might not be possible such as on main arterial routes, where bins must be located on side streets. This would still be an improvement in most cases compared to now.

More detail on these parameters can be found in the committee report.