Waste management for new developments

You must make the right arrangements for storing and collecting rubbish and recycling when you plan any kind of new development.

Guidelines for architects and property developers

Whether you are designing a single house, a new shop or a large block of flats, you should read the Waste management guidelines for architects and property developers (PDF) document before you submit your planning application.

You will find information about:

  • The arrangements you need to make for different types of developments
  • The number and size of rubbish and recycling bins you must provide, and the amount of space you must leave
  • The maximum distances the bins can be stored from homes or collection points
  • The sort of access you need to allow for rubbish collection trucks, and for people living or working in the new buildings to get to the bins
  • Alternative types of waste management systems, including food waste disposers, which could help to reduce the amount of waste that is put out for collection.  

Bins for housing developments

If you are a developer or housing agent, you must buy the bins for all new domestic properties, including houses with their own bins. 

For existing locations where communal waste bins have been lost, stolen or vandalised, the managing agent will need to buy replacement bins.

Make sure you contact us at least six months before you need the bins to be delivered as we may need to order them in for you.

You may need to make your own temporary arrangements if you leave it too late to order bins in time for new residents moving in.

Buying bins from another supplier

If you decide to buy bins from another supplier, you must make sure they are:

  • Built to the correct standard
  • Coloured and branded correctly
  • Compatible with our waste collection vehicles.

Individual houses

Houses with their own bins should have two 240L wheelie bins –  one for rubbish (all green) and one for recycling (green with an orange lid).

The lids of the bins should be hot-foil stamped with the words “Rubbish” or “Recycling”.

Communal waste

Eurobins for communal waste storage should be made from galvanised steel and built to EN840 standard.

Rubbish bins should be plain steel or painted black, with a black lid. Recycling bins should have green bodies and orange lids, with correct branding on the front, you can find what that us by viewing the Euro Bin Branding (PDF).

We recommend that you email us at recycling@newham.gov.uk to get advice before you buy bins from another supplier.

Setting up waste collections for new developments

At least two weeks before residents move in to your new properties, you will need to email recycling@newham.gov.uk to make arrangements to set up collections.

Make sure you include in your email:

  • The full address(es) of the development
  • The number of dwellings
  • Any important information on access (particularly if construction is still ongoing)
  • The dates when the dwellings are being occupied
  • Details on the location of any bin stores – it can be helpful to provide a plan of the site with these marked out.

You will also need to make sure we have access to gates or doors. If we will need keys or fobs, you must have four of these available for our teams.