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Waste Management Guidelines - Vehicle Access

Vehicles used to collect waste and recycling will be amongst the largest and heaviest needing to access any development. Further information about the dimensions and other specifications of waste collection vehicles used by Douglas Borough Council is contained in Appendix C. Developers should be aware that other private contractors undertaking collections of commercial waste from developments may use larger vehicles. In order to ensure that all refuse and recycling collections can take place unimpeded and without the risk of any damage to the vehicles, paving or other fabric of the sites, developers must ensure that access roads and driveways meet the following requirements.
Roadway Strength
Roads should have foundations and a hard-wearing surface capable of withstanding a fully laden waste collection vehicle of 26 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with a maximum axle weight of 11.5 tonnes. Any ironworks situated in the roadways should also be capable of withstanding the loads indicated.
Roadway Layout
Roads should have a minimum width of 5m. Pinch points, such as archways or gates, should give a minimum clearance of 3.7m width, and additional allowances must be given if vehicles are required to approach from an angle. Any part of a building through which a waste collection vehicle passes must have a minimum clear height of 4.5m, to allow for overhead fixtures and fittings. If a turning space is necessary, the road layout should permit a turning circle of 17m kerb-to-kerb, or 20.3m wall-to-wall. Any locations where the gradient of the roadway changes must be designed to allow for the overhang of the lifting equipment at the back of waste collection vehicles.
Waste collection vehicles should not be required to reverse more than 12m, and then only in exceptional circumstances. If pedestrians also use access routes where waste collection vehicles will be required to reverse, an additional raised footpath must be provided. Waste collection vehicles should never be required to reverse up or down a slope/ramp. Where possible, developers should design road layouts so that waste collection vehicles are not required to reverse in from or out to the public highway. Vehicles undertaking collections should be able to stop for loading in a safe and legal position where they will not obstruct other traffic, pedestrians or access. Appropriate measures must be incorporated into road layouts to control unauthorised parking of vehicles that would prevent access by the waste collection vehicles and staff. Developers should ensure that sufficient car parking is provided in order to prevent such problems.
Permitted Access
Access to storage areas should be possible from 06:00 to 22:00, Monday to Sunday. If there is any electronic gate or barrier control into the development then immediate access for waste collection vehicles must be possible without the need for the crew to know an entry code, use a swipe-card, or carry any fob/key other than one of a standard pattern.
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