Waste bin charges for new build housing
New build housing - waste collection
When planning how household waste/recycling will be collected, consider:
- How householders will store waste/recycling on their own property.
- How householders will store their own bins/containers. Most will store bins in the back garden of their property.
- Bin stores provided at the front of a property should be sensitively designed, so they conceal bins adequately, and contribute positively to the appearance and character of the area.
- We will only provide communal bins if there is a factor or caretaker to correctly separate waste and recycling, clean and present the bins, and report repair and maintenance issues.
Presentation / collection
- How householders will present bins/containers for collection. There should be a suitably level path between bin storage and presentation point (nearest adopted road).
- Where householders will present bins/containers for collection. If properties are not close to an adopted road, provide an adequate bin collection area.
- Where raised pavements are proposed, these must have a drop kerb to allow bins to be wheeled to the collection vehicle.
- Collection vehicles should be able to access bin presentation areas without the need for reversing. If applicable, provide clearly marked turning areas.
- Monoblock should be of an adequate construction to accommodate weekly bin uplifts in a 26T Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV).
- Carry out swept path analysis to confirm adequate access using a 26T Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV).
- Waste collection staff will not enter a bin store to remove or return bins.
Current waste/recycling collection services
Midlothian homes are currently provided with:
- a grey wheeled bin for general (non-recyclable) waste
- a blue wheeled bin for dry mixed recycling
- a box for glass bottles and jars
- a silver caddy for food waste (urban homes).
Residents of homes with gardens may also request a brown wheeled bin for garden waste.
Potential future waste/recycling collection services
- The Deposit Return Scheme will start from October 2025 at the earliest. Glass bottles are unlikely to be included.
- Midlothian Council is a signatory to The Household Recycling Charter and the associated Code of Practice (CoP) which was approved by Council on 22 March 2016. The Household Recycling Charter identifies a number of collection strategies to improve recycling performance. If introduced, these will impact existing waste and recycling provision.
Non-domestic / trade waste collections
- We can provide the necessary number and size of containers to suit the business need, depending on volume and type of waste/recycling generated.
- Discussions should take place with potential managers of new commercial properties to ensure new bin stores are adequately sized.
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