Coffee Break Training: Building Construction: Refuse, Recycling and Laundry Chute Construction [open pdf - 130KB]
"Tall buildings provide a maintenance challenge for workers and tenants: moving trash, soiled linen, and other used or waste combustibles to where they can be discarded, cleaned or recycled. To reduce the amount of handling and increase convenience, refuse and linen chutes are often installed so that these materials can simply be dumped into a collection point. Since refuse and linen chutes often communicate among numerous floor levels, they must be constructed of adequate fire resistance to prevent a fire in the chute or collection point (called the 'termination' room) from spreading beyond the chute's physical boundaries."
Coffee Break Training - Fire Protection Series No. FP-2014-42
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/