Resources

Guide
24 August 2011

The next stage in implementing a new scheme or improving an existing one is to consider all factors that may affect operations. You may find that one collection system will not be suitable for all blocks of flats in your borough. It is important to take this into consideration when designing a scheme and treat each block on an individual basis.

Initiatives:
  • Re-use & recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

The consequences if there is a fire, accident or injury at a block of flats can be extremely serious and risks can be greater than in houses (e.g. a fire in a block of flats could spread quickly and have a greater impact than a fire in a house).  This section provides:

  • Advice on conducting risk assessments
  • Links to relevant legislation
  • An outline of the responsibilities of different stakeholders
Initiatives:
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

This section covers all aspects of implementing your new service or service changes. These are topics that will be easier to consider once you have a strategic plan in place.

Initiatives:
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

It is very important to regularly monitor the performance of flats recycling and food waste collection schemes in order to identify what is working well and how schemes can be improved.  It is also useful for reporting performance back to stakeholders such as Councillors and residents, and for justifying the continuation or expansion of collection schemes.

Initiatives:
  • Consumer behaviour
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

This guidance has been developed specifically to assist local authority officers to launch, manage and improve recycling and food waste collection schemes for blocks of flats.  It can also be used by other individuals, organisations and partnerships with an interest in recycling services for flats.

Initiatives:
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Recycling in urban areas
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-governmental organisations
Guide
24 August 2011

Chutes in most buildings are designed for residents to dispose of refuse but there are a number of options for the collection of recycling which are discussed in this section.

Initiatives:
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

During door to door collections, recyclable materials or food waste are collected from residents’ doorsteps in communal corridors and transported to ground level. This is different to kerbside collections that might be provided for flats where residents set out containers at ground level for collection from the street.

Initiatives:
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

When choosing the most suitable type of vehicle for a new recycling or food waste collection scheme, it is important to make a full assessment of what is required from the vehicle.  It is also important to take into account some of the features that distinguish flats from kerbside properties. 

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

As discussed in the Understanding Flats section, residents in flats produce different waste to those in houses. Therefore recycling rates from flats may differ and will not be comparable to those for kerbside collections. There are additional barriers that can prevent people living in flats from easily recycling, such as limited storage space and the ease with which materials can be transported to a collection point.

Initiatives:
  • Household food waste
  • Recycling in urban areas
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

‘Bring’ schemes for flats are based on residents bringing their own recycling or food waste to communal collection containers located near their block of flats. Often also referred to as near entry schemes.

Initiatives:
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
24 August 2011

Flats offer particular opportunities and challenges that must be considered when planning communications.  This section summarises some of the key issues and how they can be addressed when communicating with residents in flats.

Initiatives:
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
23 August 2011

This section introduces the main types of collection schemes for flats.

Initiatives:
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities