Straight Solutions: Steelybin®

High-rise recycling …

Local Authority: London Borough of Brent


Following the publication of the Draft Municipal Waste Management Strategy, which outlined improvements to the recycling services of flats and high-rise properties as a key priority, Brent Council applied to the London Waste and Recycling Board for funds to expand its flats recycling scheme.

A red four wheeled bin in useA blue four wheeled bin on a white background

Implementing adequate and effective recycling services for flats or high-rise properties has always been challenging for many local authorities. It has long been recognised that densely populated cities with large quantities of high-rise, multi-occupancy buildings often achieve poorer recycling rates than areas that feature predominantly low-rise housing.

In order to improve its flats recycling performance, Brent Council decided to roll out more than six hundred 1100 litre Steelybin’s as part of its newly extended flats recycling programme. The Steelybin’s will be used in communal flats recycling points to collect a wide range of dry recyclable materials, including paper, plastics, glass and cans.

The Council believes that increasing recycling tonnages from flats and high-rise properties will enable it to not only improve its flats recycling performance, but also increase its overall recycling rate.

The Steelybin® is available in four core sizes and incorporates a range of innovative features as standard, including Danish Handles, triangular lid lock and buffer plates. The Steelybin® can be customised to suit individual requirements and the three different lid types available make the Steelybin® suitable for both waste and recycling applications.


  • To increase Brent’s recycling rate to 60%.
  • To divert more than 5,948 tonnes of waste away from landfill.
  • To divert more than 3,914 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
  • To offer recycling facilities for the first time to 12,180 flats.
  • To improve recycling services for more than 553 flats and high-rise properties.


“The Steelybin’s size, capacity, mobility and robustness means that they are ideal for communal recycling sites. They look the business too!”

Tanya O’Rourke, Waste Development Officer for Brent Council.

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