Residents in Wokingham Borough can now sign up for the council’s garden waste collection service to have garden clippings, grass cuttings, leaves and weeds collected fortnightly from the kerbside for recycling.
New and existing customers can opt into the garden waste collection service on the council’s website. Those already using the service have also been sent an email or letter asking them to renew for this year’s subscription.
Cllr Ian Shenton, executive member for environment, sport and leisure, said: “Last year, around 10,300 tonnes of green materials were collected at the kerbside – the equivalent of more than 850 double-decker buses. Using the service is not only convenient for anyone with a garden, but it’s also great for the planet. It helps reduce our carbon footprint, while turning garden waste into compost for growing other plants.”
Price change due to rising costs
As inflation remains high, the cost of collecting and disposing of garden waste has increased. The price of the 12-month service from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 is £80, up from £70 last year.
If residents wish to order the service after 1 April, the cost will be:
- 1 April to 31 June: £80
- 1 July to 30 September: £60
- 1 October to 31 December: £40
For those signing up for the first time, the price includes a 240-litre brown wheeled bin for storing garden waste.
Turn garden waste into high-quality compost
Garden waste collected in the borough is processed in a composting facility in South Oxfordshire. In the facility, garden waste undergoes a 12-week long composting process, when it is screened, shredded and matured. It is also sanitised under a high temperature between 65 and 80°C for a minimum of seven consecutive days to kill off weeds, seeds and pathogens.
The end product – re3Grow compost – is high quality and peat-free. It is available for sale at the re3 recycling centres in Reading and Bracknell. To further promote composting, recycling and circular economy, a limited number of bags of composts are also offered free of charge to local community groups and schools through re3 Community re3Grow Scheme.
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