Build To Rent Waste Management


The UK Build to Rent (BTR) sector is experiencing remarkable growth, spotlighting the critical role of effective waste management strategies in these developments. Although often understated, a comprehensive site waste management plan is not just an environmental imperative but also a substantial financial lever in the lifecycle of any property.

As residents begin their life in these new constructions, the costs associated with waste management and disposal are inclined to escalate swiftly. Without a meticulously crafted waste management plan, expenses related to waste can burgeon, forming a significant portion of ongoing operational costs. Drawing insights from seasoned professionals in US multifamily developments, it’s essential to consider the following key strategies during the waste planning phase:

Dual Chutes

Incorporating a dual chute system, one for refuse and another for recyclables, significantly simplifies the process of waste disposal and recycling for residents. This design encourages residents to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle effortlessly. By placing both chutes in a single, convenient location and pairing them with clear, instructive signage, property managers can realistically target a balanced division between trash and recyclables.

Waste Room Layout

The strategic placement of waste rooms is vital and involves several considerations:

  • Property Design: For developments like midrises, it’s crucial to assess the distance residents will need to transport their waste. Ideally, dual chutes should be positioned adjacently, ensuring ease of access and efficiency.
  • Ventilation: Ensuring proper airflow within waste rooms is a critical factor during the planning stages, promoting a healthier and more pleasant environment.
  • Ingress/Egress: Waste collection efficiency hinges on the accessibility of these rooms. This includes not just the width for vehicle manoeuvrability but also vertical clearance to accommodate any necessary equipment.


The process of compacting waste significantly reduces its volume, slashing down the frequency of waste haulage required. Though initially more costly per haul, the reduced frequency of pickups can lead to substantial cost savings. For properties leveraging third-party compaction services, there’s a potential to negotiate up to an 18% reduction in council tax for residents, providing a tangible financial incentive.

In essence, the cornerstone of a robust Build to Rent development lies in its forward-thinking approach to waste management. A well-orchestrated site waste management plan not only mitigates immediate environmental impacts but also paves the way for substantial long-term savings and operational efficiencies. By investing time and resources now into these critical planning stages, property managers can avoid future complications, ensuring a seamless, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible operation.


About the Author: Dustin Fjeld

Dustin Fjeld
As founder member of Fjeld Consulting, Dustin has helped save clients thousands across a range of BTR, PBSA, PRS and Co-living portfolios.

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