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'Bin blight' problem to be tackled

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities

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You may not have heard of it but apparently it's becoming a problem, and the NHBC Foundation has decided to do something about it: 'Bin blight'.

As the UK increases its recycling of domestic waste, there has been a growth in the numbers of bins and recycling containers. The NHBC says that these are often highly visible and scattered across neighbourhoods – cluttering up otherwise attractive areas.

With ‘bin blight’ becoming a growing cause of concern in many places, the NHBC has launched a research project which will look at "practical solutions for combatting the problem".

The research, which is being carried out for the NHBC by Wakefield company John R Paley Associates, is due to be published later this autumn.

It is aiming to identify examples of good waste bin and recycling container storage areas on housing developments built in the last few years.

The research will be used to provide best practice guidance for the housebuilding industry, particularly architects and designers.

The NHBC hopes that the research will lead to model designs for bin/recycling container stores which could be adopted widely by the industry.

Neil Smith, the NHBC's head of research and innovation, said: “Bin blight is an issue with many homes, new and old, particularly as the UK increases its recycling of domestic waste and a larger number of containers needs to be accommodated.

“For new housing, too often, it appears that household waste and recycling storage is an afterthought, with bins and containers highly visible and scattered in large numbers, cluttering up otherwise attractive developments.

“Our research will identify examples of good practice where waste and recycling storage is inconspicuous and has been integrated into developments well. We hope the findings of this research will be beneficial to the UK housing industry and the communities they serve.”

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