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The Building (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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PART JSolid waste in buildings

J1.    Interpretation

In this Part—

INDIVIDUAL WASTE CONTAINERS means moveable containers for the storage of waste from a single dwelling;

COMMUNAL WASTE CONTAINERS means moveable containers for the storage of waste from more than one dwelling;

WASTE means solid waste; and

WASTE CHUTE SYSTEM means a system comprising of a hopper or hoppers; a waste chute or chutes; a waste container chamber or waste container chambers and associated ventilation provisions.

J2.    Solid waste storage

(1) A building shall be provided with adequate space for the storage of waste in containers, and such space shall be—

(a)sited so as not to be prejudicial to the health of any person;

(b)sited so as to be reasonably accessible for use by people in the building for the storage of waste and for emptying or removing each container;

(c)of sufficient area having regard to the number of necessary containers and the frequency and method of removal; and

(d)reasonably accessible to the waste collection point.

(2) Every dwelling—

(a)on or below the fourth storey of a building shall have adequate space for individual waste containers or access to communal waste containers or a waste chute system; and

(b)above the fourth storey of a building shall have access to a waste chute system.

J3.    Waste chute systems

A waste chute system shall—

(a)be of such size, layout and construction as will ensure the hygienic conveyance of waste to a waste container;

(b)be capable of facilitating the segregation of waste;

(c)be constructed of non-combustible materials;

(d)have non-absorbent inner surfaces;

(e)have adequate means of ventilation to the external air; and

(f)be so constructed as to prevent the ignition of any part of the building in the event of any waste within the system catching fire.

J4.    Deemed-to-satisfy provisions for regulations J2(1)(b), J2(1)(c) and J3

(1) The requirements of regulation J2(1)(b) shall be deemed to be satisfied, in the case of a building specified in column (2) of Table J opposite the reference to that regulation, if—

(a)the waste container space is sited in accordance with the provisions specified opposite thereto in column (3); or

(b)the waste container space is sited in accordance with the relevant provisions of the publications specified opposite thereto in column (3), as amended by the publications specified opposite thereto in column (4).

(2) The requirements of regulation J2(1)(c) shall be deemed to be satisfied, in the case of a building specified in column (2) of Table J opposite the reference to that regulation, if the waste storage area is sized in accordance with the provisions specified opposite thereto in column (3).

(3) The requirements of regulation J3 shall be deemed to be satisfied, in the case of a building specified in column (2) of Table J opposite the reference to that regulation, if the waste chute system used in the building is designed and constructed in accordance with the relevant provisions of the publications specified opposite thereto in column (3), as amended by the publications specified opposite thereto in column (4).

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