Decision details

Waste Operating Policy for Flats, Commercial Properties and Houses of Multiple Occupancy - (HMOs)

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Environment and Place

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve:

(1)       Standard service for new communal properties and existing communal properties requiring a review:

(i)         Bin capacity- the capacity provided to flats will be equivalent to the standard service but using communal bins. The calculation used to estimate the refuse and recycling capacity is

·           number of households x 180 litre capacity for refuse and 240 recycling as standard

(ii)        Commercial

·           allocate based on businesses’ requirements and utilise enforcement procedures via Regulatory Services when capacity is not adequate

·           separate bin stores in BCP Council Planning Guidance for new mixed-use developments

(2)       Non-standard service for new communal properties and existing communal properties requiring a review:

(i)         Chargeable collections

Apply standard commercial charges to flats and HMOs requiring additional collections above the permitted capacity (180l/240l refuse/recycling per household per fortnight), providing recycling is at an acceptable standard.

(3)       Collection containers for new communal properties and those requiring a review of existing arrangements

(i)         Bin type and colour

·           Provide plastic bins as standard with options for metal bins when necessary to allow locking or for specific size requirements.

·           Mirror kerbside container lid colours - blue for recycling, black for refuse, green for garden and brown for food.

(ii)        Bin sizes

·           Offer 660 litre and 1100 litre bins as standard

·           Option to offer 820 and 1280 litre bins as required.

(iii)       Charges for replacement bins

Require managing agents/committees to pay for replacement communal bins (refuse, recycling and garden waste) if theirs are lost or damaged to harmonise Poole with Bournemouth and Christchurch

Charges applied based on accountants' recommendations:




£        185

 £        370


£        385


£        370


£        195

 £        385


£        470


Reasons for the decision:

The measures above are proposed for the following reasons:

1. To provide service parity for residents at communal bin properties across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

2. To provide policy clarity and aid service delivery for operational staff

3. To align communal properties with household bin capacities

4. Over 60% of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s waste can be recycled in the recycling bin and using the recommended bin capacity ratios will (as with households) limit refuse capacity and encourage more separation of recycling, food or garden waste.

4. To offer commercial collections and aligned charges for flats and HMOs requiring additional waste collections

5. To recover costs associated with additional waste collection, disposal and bin purchasing

Publication date: 01/08/2022

Date of decision: 27/07/2022

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