Waste bin charges for new build housing

New build housing - waste collection

When planning how household waste/recycling will be collected, consider:

Bin storage

  • 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:

Residents of homes with gardens may also request a brown wheeled bin for garden waste.

Future waste/recycling collection services

  • The Deposit Return Scheme will start from October 2025 at the earliest. Glass bottles are unlikely to be included.
  • On 19 December 2023, Midlothian Council agreed to introduce an additional wheeled bin for the separate collection of paper/card from September 2025. New build properties must be designed for waste segregation within the property, and provide enough outdoor space for the additional bin.

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.

Trade waste collection services