Five million blue bags coming to homes from MondayBy Laura Herbert
February 08, 2013
Five million blue bags will be delivered to homes as part of the borough’s household waste collection service from Monday.
It will take Wokingham Borough Council five weeks to supply 80 bags, in two rolls of 40, to more than 64,000 homes.
Last April the council introduced the initiative, which saw household waste collections continue weekly, kerbside black box recycling became weekly and an opt-in chargeable garden waste scheme covering the whole borough.
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: “We know last year’s delivery didn’t go as well as we had hoped.
“However, this year, we expect the process to run smoothly as our contractor has extensive local knowledge of ‘hard to reach’ properties which made delivery difficult in some areas last year.
“This is the allocation for the whole year until the end of March 2014 and equates to one and a half bags a week. If you still have any left over from this year, you can use them.”
Since its launch, the borough has seen a 22 per cent drop in household waste collected and a 24 per cent increase in recycling.
A number of changes have been made to the bags following a survey after the first six months including longer handles, taller bags and a larger bag opening.
Anyone who has registered as a larger household of five or more people will automatically receive additional bags.
All bags should be delivered by Friday, March 15, more than two weeks ahead of the service starting on Monday, April 1. Contact Wokingham Direct on (0118) 974 6000 if you have not received them by that date.
Anyone new to the borough, or needing to register as a larger household should email email@example.com or calling (0118) 974 6000.