Poorly stored food and other household waste will attract pests which could contaminate other food sources and pose a risk to the health and safety of the occupants. In order to minimise the hazards posed by household refuse there must be suitable and sufficient provision for the storage of household waste awaiting collection.

There should be refuse storage within the dwelling that is readily accessible to the occupants and sited so as not to be a danger to children, or cause problems with hygiene and attract pests.

There should be adequate provision of external refuse storage areas which should be adequately ventilated and capable of being readily cleansed. Any such areas must be sited so as not to allow air from the store to enter any living space.

Notices on the refuse collection arrangements should be placed in the common areas of the property.