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Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been issued by his Department and its agencies on the siting of household waste collection facilities in new dwellings. (289548)

The Government provide a requirement and guidance for the provision of and access to storage for solid waste, such as waste bins, in part H6 of schedule 1 of the Building Regulations 2000, and in category 5—waste, of the code for sustainable homes (the code.)

The guidance in the Building Regulations sets out that the requirement in Part H6 will be met if the solid waste storage is:

designed and sited so as not to be prejudicial to health;

of sufficient area having regard to the requirements of the waste collection authority for the number and size of receptacles under sections 46 and 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

sited so as to be accessible for use by people in the building and of ready access for removal to the collection point specified by the waste collection authority under sections 4 and 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The code is the voluntary national standard for the design and construction of sustainable new homes. To obtain a code certificate there are certain minimum standards that must be observed which include the storage of household waste. These standards are based on British Standard 5906 (100 litres for the first bedroom and then a further 70 litres for each additional bedroom) and will be met if:

space is provided for storage of containers for separated waste, with a combined capacity of 0.25m3 or in agreement with the waste collection authority;

all the containers are accessible to disabled people.

The code also provides credits for the provision of dedicated storage for recyclable household waste and for composting.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any advice or guidance has been given to local authorities on the use of wheeled refuse containers in conservation areas. (290463)

Further to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Wansdyke (Dan Norris), to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) on 13 July 2009, Official Report, column 10W, no advice or guidance has been given to local authorities on the use of wheeled refuse containers in conservation areas.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department or its agencies have (a) funded or (b) supported the production of guidance on the use of (i) alternate weekly collections and (ii) charges for the collection of household waste in eco-town developments. (290466)

Neither the Department nor its agencies have funded or supported specific guidance on either alternate weekly collections or charges for the collection of household waste in eco-towns. In “Planning Policy Statement: Eco-towns” (PPS), which we published on 16 July 2009, we set out the standards that eco-towns will have to meet, including standards for waste. Copies of the PPS are available in the House Library.

Also as part of their work with us on eco-towns, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) have produced a series of best practice guidance worksheets to support those taking forward eco-towns, including one on waste management, and these are available on the TCPA’s website at:

http://www.tcpa.org.uk/pages/sustainability-worksheets.html