January 20, 2020

Wheeled bins of tenants should be 6m or more away from residential property according to the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations Europe.

Fire Risk Assessors working for social landlords should follow the CFPA guidance to help keep tenants safe.

Mr Deacon said: “Waste materials can be set alight very easily and burn very quickly, giving off large volumes of toxic smoke. If this were to occur close to a dwelling the likelihood of fire rapidly spreading towards the occupants is very high indeed, particularly at night-time when emergency response times would be low.

“This obviously has huge implications for Registered Providers across the UK. Closer analysis of the guidance reveals that the 6m distance can vary based on the number of bins being stored, and can also be substituted with a structure having 30 minutes fire resistance. When seeking an appropriate solution there is a clearly a need for a consistently pragmatic, risk-based approach, and in many cases assistance from providers with specialist expertise.”

metroSTOR have been developing specialist enclosures for the safe, secure storage of waste and recycling bins within the social housing sector since 2012, and in addition to failsafe reduction of fire risk the units have also been proven to significantly reduce costs associated with fly-tipping, side waste and contaminated bins, massively increase recycling participation and actively contribute to neighbourhood improvement programmes.

Mr Deacon added: “Having now manufactured and installed 10,000 units across the UK to date, our team can justifiably lay claim to being market leaders, and the only organisation able to provide social landlords with a comprehensive service including detailed site survey and preparation of reports, assistance with planning and consultation, followed by a complete installation, commissioning and maintenance package.”

To find out more about metroSTOR’s range of fire-resistant bin stores and how the company can advise Fire Risk Assessors, click the links below: