Best practice strategies to support waste reduction in existing neighborhoods and reduce the impacts of collection include:

Neighborhood-scale collection:

When waste and recycling is aggregated between buildings for pick up, collection is more efficient. Adequate collection for all streams can be provided, while reducing the impacts of heavy truck traffic through the neighborhood. Design considerations include:

  • Equipment and access for moving waste to central location
  • Location of centralized facility relative to individual buildings
  • Administrative structure for system management, if multiple stakeholders 

Access to efficient recycling collection as a public amenity: 

Well-designed drop-off collection points on street corners and public plazas could address inadequate storage in individual buildings. Design considerations include:

  • Size and location collection equipment
  • Maximum distance from users
  • Coordinate with street design (public realm) and open-space planning (private property)
  • Truck access

See the Zero Waste Design Guidelines section on Collection & Urban Design Best Practice Strategies