Recyclable, general and organic waste storage – Space, labelling and segregation

Strategies may vary according to the specifics of each project, their waste streams and collection arrangements.

  • Any reference to ‘labelling’ refers to permanent markings or fixed, robust and weatherproof signage.
  • Colour coding of bins to identify waste streams is not in itself compliant labelling.

The aim of these requirements is to encourage recycling, ensuring that it is correctly sorted and to prevent cross-contamination of waste streams.

Labelling the recycling area
This is required to alert building users and collection agencies to the location of the recycling facility.

Labelling each recyclable waste stream
This can be done by labelling the bins or their dedicated space within the recycling facility, or both.

Co-mingled recyclable waste
This must be labelled, as above. See also additional requirements outlined in KBCN0696

General or organic waste
Sufficient space for general and, where relevant, organic waste is required in addition to meeting the requirements for recyclable waste. This does not have to be within a separate facility, but if combined with recyclable waste storage, there is greater risk of cross-contamination. The following requirements therefore apply in this situation:

  • For organic waste, see also additional hygiene-related requirements within the technical manual.
  • In line with the requirement for the recycling area to be clearly labelled, general or organic waste must be stored in labelled bins and in a labelled, dedicated space within the combined waste facility.

Shell only/Shell and core projects
Please also refer to KBCN1380