Guidance for

Space for your bins?

Ensure that containers and waste storage areas:

  • are safe and accessible for people, including users with disabilities, and your waste collector,

  • are not in locations that cause an obstruction, a fire hazard or block escape routes,

  • provide sufficient capacity to cope with the types and amounts of waste and recyclables you produce and store between collections,

  • are not located near food preparation or storage areas for food safety and hygiene reasons,

  • close to where the waste and recycling is generated,

  • are tidy, clean, and free from clutter or loose waste, and

  • are secure with close fitting lids, and do not allow waste or recycling to escape.

It is important to:

  • label your recycling bins to avoid contamination. You can use labels from the Resources webpage, and

  • prevent water from becoming contaminated by stored waste.

Following this advice and guidance will also help avoid any pest control problems. In larger premises you may want to hire or purchase a baler to compress materials such as cardboard packaging. You will need to check your collector is happy with this and whether they have any limits on the weight of the bales you might produce. Your contractor may provide a baler and training. If you use a baler, you may need to register a “waste exemption” with Natural Resources Wales (NRW).