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Time to renew or sign up for garden waste service

Time to renew or sign up for garden waste service

03 March 2017
Photo of a garden waste bin

By now, all Wokingham Borough residents who are part of the garden waste collection service (brown wheeled-bin) will have received a letter and invoice inviting them to renew the service for 2017/18.


Introduced in 2012, the service has proved popular with residents with more than 15,500 households signing up, with many others opting to use the compostable sacks. Fees for 2017/18 have been frozen and remain the same as previous years; £60 for collections between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 with the bins being emptied fortnightly. Anyone uncertain of their collection day should visit the council's website.


Residents can renew, or sign up:

  • online
  • by calling: 0300 456 0505
  • by post, to the above address
  • in person at our Shute End offices

Once a resident has paid, they will be sent a coloured sticker to display on their bin that will arrive within 10 workings days. Anyone who no longer requires the brown bin service can ignore the letter and invoice. As the cost of taking the bin away is greater than its value, it will not be collected unless specifically requested.


75-litre compostable sacks costing £1 each are available if residents don’t want to use the wheeled-bin service. The bags are collected at the same time as the bins.  They are available to purchase in many places across the borough, including council offices and libraries. Details are available on the council website.


Cllr Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: "I'd like to thank all 15,500 households who have already signed-up to the borough council's garden waste wheeled-bin service. Anyone who isn’t part of the scheme, but would like to be, can visit our website to sign-up ahead of April 1.


"Don’t forget, you can share a bin with a neighbour to help with costs, if you wish. This is another example of the flexibility of this service – it can be tailored to your needs."


Another way to dispose of garden waste is to home compost. The borough council is offering a £10 discount on 220-litre home composters available on the getcomposting website.

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