Delivery of more than five million blue waste bags by Wokingham Borough Council will start today (Monday 21 January).
The bags, which households use for waste that cannot be recycled, will take approximately five weeks to deliver. Each household will receive 80 bags in two rolls of 40 to cover the period between April 2019 and March 2020. They are being delivered slightly earlier this year to allow for the delivery of food waste containers and liners to households in time for the start of food waste collections in April.
This year’s bags will be reverting back to the previous design of two handles. The size and quality of the bags remains the same. Crews can only collect waste in these council branded bags.
Waste collections will continue to be on a weekly basis and the number of bags each household receives will not reduce.
There will be changes in the garden waste collection day for some residents and those affected will be notified by letter. All other collections remain unchanged for 2019/20 and any residents who are unsure of their day can use the postcode search on the council's website.
Food waste collections will be introduced to most households in the Borough from April 2019. In preparation, crews will be delivering an outdoor container, kitchen caddy and a roll of caddy liners to households in the Borough from March. Food waste collections will take place at the same time as current blue bag and mixed recycling collections from April. Flats are not included in the initial roll out. More information about the roll out is available on the council’s website (search for ‘food waste collections’).
Any residents who need additional recycling boxes can request them online via the council’s website.
Households can also purchase brown bags for green waste collection if they do not need a green waste bin on the council's website.
Cllr John Halsall, executive member for environment, leisure and libraries, said: "While the allocation takes residents up until the end of March 2020, we hope that with last year’s increase in items of what can be recycled in kerbside collections, as well as the upcoming roll out of food waste collections in April, we can see a significant reduction in the amount of household waste that we produce as a Borough. Our aim is to recycle at least 50% of all waste in the Borough by 2020.”
Blue bags were first introduced back in 2012 to restrict the volume of waste per household to approximately 120 litres per week. This is the equivalent of a fortnightly 240 litre wheeled bin collection but with the extra flexibility of weekly collection and the ability to put out more waste for collection on some weeks and less in other. When introduced, the service resulted in a 30% reduction of residual waste within the first year.
Anyone wishing to know when their allocation will be delivered can do so by visiting the council's website.
Any new residents to the Borough, or anyone needing to register as a larger household, can visit the council's website or by contacting the borough council's customer delivery team.