Rossendale Borough Council

Information for developers

Waste Management Information for Developers

This page provides basic information for those concerned with providing waste and recycling storage facilities for properties in Rossendale.                      

All new residential developments must be provided with suitable and appropriate storage capacity for domestic refuse and recyclable waste which is convenient for both users and collection crews. It is highly recommended that developers consult with the Council on the provision of waste storage facilities at the initial planning stage to avoid any future problems. The information below is to assist developers to estimate what waste and recycling storage requirements are suitable for the needs of the development.  

Our responsibility

Rossendale 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. 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. Through consultation, it can be ensured that any introduced facilities are compatible with the collection systems operated by the Council and its contractors.

Your responsibility as a developer

Your responsibility is to ensure that all premises have adequate storage space to contain waste and recyclable material. This is dependent on the size of the development:

Housing - Individual dwellings should be provided with an allocated space to store four 240 litre wheelie bins as follows:

  • 240 litres of refuse bin capacity
  • 240 litres of glass, cans & plastic bottles bin capacity
  • 240 litres of paper & cardboard 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 to then be placed at a designated collection point on collection days. 

Flats - 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 volume of bin storage for each dwelling proposed should be calculated at the rate of:

  • 240 litres of storage for refuse
  • 240 litres of storage of glass, cans & plastic bottles
  • 240 litre of storage of paper & cardboard

The size of the enclosure should provide space for the required number of individual bins or the equivalent larger communal bins, plus space for them to be easily accessed by residents and manoeuvred to and from a safe collection point.

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.

For advice and/or to notify us of new premises which need to begin receiving waste and recycling collections please contact the Operations Team. 

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.

Telephone: 01706217777 Option3

The Business Centre, Rossendale Borough Council, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0BB