HC Deb 12 February 2004 vol 417 cc1567-8W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to encourage local authorities to ensure that blocks of flats have recycling bins. [154244]

Mr. Raynsford

I have been asked to reply.

Requirements for the disposal of waste from buildings are set out in Part H, Drainage and Waste Disposal, of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2000. When these Regulations were amended in 2002, a recommendation was made in the supporting Approved Document that "residents only" recycling centres should be provided as part of communal waste collection facilities for flats and other high density housing. It is also recommended that designers and developers should consult the local waste collection authority so that provision for the storage of waste prior to collection can be properly accommodated.