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    Asked to store all bins in flat (UK)

    Recently moved into a flat. When we moved in everyone stored their bins in the communal hallway, which wasn't ideal mess wise but generally I didn't mind. But someone has now complained to the council, with the council agreeing that there shouldn't be anything blocking a fire escape route. The estate agent has asked everyone to move their bins into their respective flats or own garden. This isn't so much an issue, they're not wheelie bins, but a recycling box, large food caddy and rubbish and paper recycling bags, but while some of the other flats have a garden they can store theirs in, I don't and can only store them in the flat. Was just wondering if the agency isn't required to provide some sort of a communal bin area instead? Thank you

    #2
    Confused. Where are the black bins that the council actually tips into their trucks? They won't be in the flats.

    If you are talking about your own private temporary bins on route to the council bins, then no, they can't be stored in the communal area.

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      #3
      Agree with above, in my kitchen i have bins for non recycling, paper and plastic..... they are then taken out to the big bins outside for the trucks to pick up ?? So as said, if they are the bins we all have in our homes then of course they need to stay in the flat.

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        #4
        Unfortunately councils who require waste to be separated into multiple bins (our council has 4) never consider how people who live in small flats are supposed to store this rubbish in separate containers between trips to the large bins from which the refuse workers collect. Are householders (some of whom may be elderly or disabled) supposed to make multiple trips downstairs to the large bins on a daily basis?

        I imagine some householders in this position make ONE trip on their way out to work and dump it all (unseparated) into the nearest bin regardless of what is supposed to go into it.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Suleiman View Post
          .................and dump it all (unseparated) into the nearest bin regardless of what is supposed to go into it.
          Nope, i have a door in the kitchen (about the same size as an intergrated dishwasher door), which behind it has a cavity and a metal frame with 3 separate olastic bins, these are used to store the plastic, paper and non recyclable waste, then yes, once a day i go out to the main bins at the side of my house and empty them, i thought this was perfectly normal.

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            #6
            Does the lease have anything to say about refuse disposal?

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              #7
              The council in my area does not collect recycling from most blocks of flats (unless they have specifically be assessed as suitable to have recycling bins).
              I keep all recyclables inside my flat and periodically take them to recycling centres myself and don't consider this to be a problem.

              Unless you lease says that the freeholder has to provide a communal area for all waste, including recycling, they almost certainly don't have to.

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                #8
                No there's no communal bins. All flats just have their own bins which we put out once a week and bring in again. I don't think there's anything in the contract regarding the bins so looks like it just needs to be stored in the flat. It is nice it's collected every week at least, my last place was fortnightly although that had access to outdoor stored bins.

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                  #9
                  There's no big communal or council bins to be clear. The bin truck people just grab the rubbish bags from the sacks and puts them in the truck, or the recycling bin people tip the recycling out of their individual (small) bins into the truck.

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