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Housing: Sustainable Development

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assumptions are made on the amount of waste and recycling produced each week in litres by family homes in determining the Code for Sustainable Homes recommendations on household waste storage capacity.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The Code for Sustainable Homes does not make any assumptions on the amount of waste and recycling produced by family homes. The Code's Technical Guidance published in April 2008 contains mandatory minimum standards for the waste and recycling component for all levels of the Code. It states that space allocated for waste storage should be able to hold containers, the volume of which must be at least the minimum recommended by British Standard BS 5906 (British Standards, 2005) i.e. 100 litres volume for a single bedroom dwelling, with a further 70 litres volume for each additional bedroom.

A local authority recycling scheme offering containers equal to or greater than this volume would meet the requirements under the Code for Sustainable Homes, providing adequate external space is allocated to accommodate them. If the local authority provides containers with a smaller volume, or if no local authority scheme exists, the developer will need to ensure and demonstrate that the minimum recommended volume is met if they are to meet the requirements under the Code.

The Code also states that all containers must be accessible to disabled people, particularly wheelchair users, and sited on a hard, level surface. To allow easy access, the containers must not be stacked.

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