Waste Management Planning Guide (Former Aylesbury Vale area)

4. AVDC recycling and waste service specification

4.1 Waste bin charges

The council seeks a one-off payment from developers for the provision of recycling and waste bins. These charges cover the costs of administration and the delivery of bins.

The bins will remain the property of AVDC and when residents move out of their property the recycling and waste bins must remain in situ for the next resident to use.

Recycling and waste bins must not be moved between properties by residents.

Where a communal bin is required (for instant flats), the cost of providing the recycling and waste bins will need to be discussed with AVDC’s Recycling and Waste department. This will be dependent on the development size and the space available.

For further information about recycling and waste bin charges and specifications, see appendix A.

Contact us to arrange purchase and delivery of bins, we require at least a months’ notice prior to the occupation of the property.

If you are ordering more than 100 bins, give us sufficient time to arrange this.

Where a developer does not enter into an agreement described above then the charge is levied on the new occupiers of the development in question.

The developer may choose to provide bins through their own supplier. This is permitted as long as the bins are to the required standard. Bins must comply with the BS EN 840 standard and with the council’s specifications, dimensions, colouring and markings. If the bins do not meet these criteria, then they will not be emptied by the council in accordance with Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 46.

4.2 Domestic recycling and waste collections

AVDC’s current household collection service is based on the provision of wheeled bins for recycling, waste and garden waste, all of which are carried out on a fortnightly basis; a small 23 litre (ltr) bin is supplied for a weekly collection of food waste.

Collections normally occur from the edge of the property which is nearest to the adopted highway or such other collection point that has been agreed with the council, developer and resident. In the case of shared units with communal wheeled bins the collection occurs from the designated bin store or storage area.

Waste collection

The standard bin is a 140ltr wheeled bin (green body/green lid) or 240ltr (where there are 5 or more people living in the house).

Recycling collection

The standard recycling bin is 240ltr wheeled bin (green body/blue lid) or 360ltr (where there are 5 or more people living in the house). This is for the mixed collection of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles/tubs/trays/punnets, food and drink cans, food and drink cartons, glass bottles and jars and aluminium foil.

Food collection

The standard food recycling bin is a 23ltr (green) kerbside caddy and is for the collection of all food waste, including raw and cooked food. AVDC do not offer a food recycling service from communal properties, the service is for individual domestic households only.

Garden waste collection

AVDC operate an opt in ‘pay for’ garden waste collection service in 240ltr wheeled bins (brown body/brown lid).

Communal recycling and waste bins

Where developers opt for traditional bin stores, bins are usually between 660-1100ltr. Refer to the specific guidance in section 3.3 and 3.6 regarding communal collections.

Capacity and storage requirements

The council requires all residential developments to meet and adhere to the minimum capacities for external recycling and waste storage.

Storage must also be sufficient to allow for additional recycling materials that AVDC may collect in the future. Provision for compost bins in gardens should also be considered.

Any storage areas should be sensitively located and designed to fit in with the local environment. New and existing developments should take into account the visual impact of the bins and their enclosures.

4.3 Capacity requirements for households

Number of properties Number of bins required for waste Number of bins required for recycling
Individual houses 1 x 140ltr wheeled bin

(where five or more people are living in the property, a 240ltr wheeled bin can be supplied. This is by application only.)
1 x 240ltr wheeled bin (for mixed recycling)

1 x 23ltr caddy (for food recycling)

1 x 240ltr wheeled bin (for garden waste)
0 to 7 1 x 1,100ltr bin 1 x 1,100ltr bin
8 to 14 2 x 1,100ltr bin 2 x 1,100ltr bin
15 to 20 3 x 1,100ltr bin 3 x 1,100ltr bin
21+ 4 x 1,100ltr bins per 21 properties 4 x 1,100ltr bins per 21 properties
23ltr caddy Width - 320

Depth - 400

Height - 405
330 x 420
140ltr wheeled bin Width - 560

Depth - 558

Height - 1,054
570 x 570
240ltr wheeled bin Width - 720

Depth - 734

Height - 1,063
730 x 750
360ltr wheeled bin Width - 760

Depth - 880

Height -1,100
770 x 900
660ltr wheeled bin Width - 1,000

Depth - 800

Height -1,000
1,200 x 1,200
1,100ltr wheeled bin Width - 1,375

Depth - 1,000

Height –1,470

Height (with lid open) - 2,470
1,575 x 1,300

4.5 Houses

The bins required must all be stored within the boundary of the property and the storage space must bear relation to the size of the property.

Residents are expected to present their recycling and waste bin(s) at the boundary of their property (unless agreed otherwise) for collection on their scheduled collection day. They should also ensure the bin(s) are returned to their property or designated storage area as soon as possible following collection. With this in mind, bins should be stored in a convenient and accessible location, and away from windows and ventilators to avoid any nuisance odours entering the property. To minimise noise disturbance and visual intrusion, bins should be located at least 6 metres away from buildings/windows.

Storage areas must be accessible to the crews should any assistance be required, for current or future owners, in presenting recycling and waste bins for collection.

For homes with front gardens, where no rear access is proposed, recycling and waste storage facilities should be provided in covered areas. The provided area must:

  • be sensitively designed
  • accommodate the full bin requirement (number of bins and capacity of bins) at the time of construction
  • enable the resident to completely lift the bin lid in situ
  • permit the separate collection of recyclable materials

4.6 Flats and apartments

Bins should be stored in a designated external storage area which has been sensitively located and designed to provide easily accessible and mutually convenient waste storage for the residents and the collection crew (see section 4.0).

Doorways should provide at least 1.3m clearance (including thickness of doors). A walkway of at least 1.3m should also be provided within the store to allow access to individual bins, enabling each to be removed from the store without the need to move any other bin.

It is the responsibility of the caretaker/management company (or similar) to allow the collection crews access to the bin stores/collection point on collection day and to ensure that access is not restricted, for example by parked cars. If the bin store is fitted with locks then four sets of keys or fobs (and replacement sets as required) must be supplied to the Waste Management section at no cost.

Within storage facilities, a minimum clearance of 150mm is required around all sides of the bins, and these should be placed side by side so residents are not inconvenienced accessing other bins. The entrance doors should have a minimum height of 1.8m to allow ease of access for both residents and operatives. And a minimum of 2.5 metres from floor to ceiling to ensure the lids on all bins can be opened fully.

The location of bin storage should take into account the risk of fire and the impact of smells in relation to adjoining residential properties. To minimise noise disturbance and visual intrusion bins should be located at least 6 metres from buildings/windows.

Where communal bins are proposed it is essential that any bin store is located immediately adjacent to the road the Waste Collection Vehicle (WCV) will have access to, and not within communal parking areas (unless these are adopted and can provide the necessary turning circle). Where flats are proposed, a communal recycling facility should be provided at a convenient location for both residents and collection operatives.

Collection points should be sited clear of any road, pavement or cycleway, and should be hard surfaced in a material that compliments the surrounding built environment. They should be of a size that will be capable of accommodating the required number of recycling and waste bins so there is no overflow onto the public right of way. For household adjoining the WCV route, collection points should be sited at the edge of the boundary.

4.7 Commercial properties

The volume of waste generated and thus the number and type of bins that a commercial development requires is ultimately dependent on the activity of the resident. Bins should be provided to maximise the amount of recyclable material that is segregated and sent for recycling. The number of bins should be maximised in order to reduce the number of collections and therefore collection vehicle traffic. Provision of purpose built storage areas for recycling and waste bins should be designed to ensure security. Storage areas should be within the confines of the development. Where appropriate, groups of premises may consider jointly shared and serviced recycling and waste bins. Provision should be made with regards to deposit points within premises (internal and external) for employees, and visitors if appropriate, to dispose of recycling and waste.

Major retail, commercial, and leisure facilities will be required to provide public facilities for the collection of a range of recycling materials, including plastics, cans, glass, paper and textiles. Where commercial premises are proposed, consideration must be given to the storage of waste on the site, and care should be taken to ensure that adequate space is provided within the curtilage of the development. Under no circumstances will the storage of any waste be permitted on the public highway or footway.

Provision must be made for the storage of food waste, dry recycling and waste. The waste stores must be managed properly and be designed and constructed to enable them to be kept clean and free of pests. Waste must be stored in such a manner so as to protect against contamination of food, and to protect drinking water, equipment and premises.


2.6 cubic metres waste storage for every 1,000m2 gross floor space. Note: 50% of this capacity must be retained for the storage of separated waste for recycling. Compactors are recommended for all office developments larger than 2,500m2 . For offices over 10,000m2 a portable skip compactor is recommended.


5 cubic metres waste storage for every 1,000m2 gross floor space. Note: 50% of this capacity must be retained for the storage of separated waste for recycling. The amount of storage space required for waste varies widely due to the difference in waste output of retail units, which is dependent on factors such as location, market niche, products sold, and so on. Our Waste Management Section will assess each proposal individually.

Restaurants/fast food outlets

1.5 cubic metres per 20 dining spaces. 13 Note: 50% of this capacity must be retained for the storage of separated waste for recycling. This is not a generally applicable minimum requirement. Certain food outlets, especially those of the fast food type, would generate substantially greater amounts of waste. Our Waste Management Section will assess each proposal individually.


For hotels of up to 250 bedrooms the most appropriate type of compactor is the small bag compactor, or the type that compacts waste into wheeled bins. For larger hotels a rotary compactor, portable skip compactor or a static compactor is recommended, particularly for those with banqueting facilities.

Developments where a compactor is to be utilised

Compactors may be required for the following types of development. Where compactors are provided, separate provision must also be made for the storage and collection of dry recyclable material.

Light industrial

For units of 1,500m2 or more, or for small units where the gross combined floor space exceeds 1,500m2 a small sack compactor is recommended.

Retail (units of 1,500m2 or more)

The most appropriate type of compactor for units of 1,500m2 or more is the small sack compactor. This type of compactor may also be used for small units where the gross combined floor space exceeds 1,500m2 . For major retail developments of over 5,000m2 , the most appropriate type of compactor is a portable skip compactor or a larger static compactor.

4.8 Mixed use developments

Mixed use developments should have separate stores for recycling and waste bins for the commercial aspects and residential aspects of a development, respectively. No mixing of commercial waste and residential waste is permitted.

4.9 Bulky waste services

The council provides a chargeable bulky waste service (e.g. fridges, furniture etc.) from residential properties. An area outside must be provided for residents to place items of bulky waste, on an appointment day booked with the council. The area must cover approximately 10m2 . The area does not have to be designated solely for the use of bulky waste collection (e.g. area within a car park) but must be made clear on collection day.

4.10 Other

Consideration should be given to composting facilities within new developments (including the communal gardens space in multi-occupation premises) as treatment of waste at source is recognised as the most sustainable method of treatment. Gardens should, where possible, be laid out so that sufficient space is allowed for home composting.

The collection of recyclable and compostable materials is an evolving service and developers should contact the council’s recycling and waste department for specific advice on current recycling collection arrangements.