Design for waste

Before you start designing your next residential build, it’s important to factor in storage and easy removal of household waste to help future proof new developments for cleaner healthier communities 

This may mean a service area with enough space to store the full suit of bins (mixed recycling wheelie bin, rubbish wheelie bin, glass crate and food scraps bin) for each dwelling.  Designing for waste storage can play an important role in determining the layout and design of a new development.

Failing to provide for easy storage and removal of waste can be an inconvenience and annoyance for residents, as well as increase the ongoing running costs of a development.

Why design for waste?

Hamilton is booming. On average, more than 1300 new builds are consented to be built in Hamilton each year. This is because of the rapid rise in economic and population growth. On average, 40 new residents call Hamilton home every week. By 2030, we expect to have a population of 194, 390.

The rise in population means a rise in household waste. That’s where our new kerbside collection comes in to help provide a general service for residents to responsibly dispose of their rubbish and recycling.

As per the Hamilton City Waste Management Minimisation Bylaw, It’s important that all dwellings have an area for the storage of a rubbish bin, recycling bin, glass crate and food scraps bin – that’s approximately 1.52 of space per dwelling. If this doesn’t work for your property you may need to look into alternative options like a private skip.

What's next?

There are a whole heap of resources out there to help you design for waste. We’ve provided just a few in the list below:

  • REBRI (Resource efficiency in the building and related industries) are a part of BRANZ that provide plans, forms and guides that help reduce waste in the design and construction phases of development
  • New Zealand Green Building Council represent 520 organisations and companies who believe in a better built Aotearoa advocating for regulatory and industry-wide change. They provide events and training for people in the industry
  • Council have information about the Waste Bylaw and regulations that can help guide you through the design process. You can also check out the Waste Calculator on the page before this one that can help you work out how much waste a development may produce once residents move in.