1000th gardener signs up to new green waste collectionBy Lucy Allen
March 21, 2012
A Shinfield woman has become the 1000th customer to get a brown bin in the council’s new garden waste collection scheme.
Retired insurance manager Judith Honey, 67, had her new 240-litre bin presented to her by Councillor Gary Cowan, executive member for environment.
Mrs Honey said she used the council’s former garden waste collection for many years. As a keen gardener, who grows some vegetables alongside flowers in her back garden, she says she and her husband find the garden waste scheme invaluable.
“I like the fact I will be able to store the new bin round the side of my house out of the way,” she said. I was very surprised to get a call from the council saying I was their 1000th customer for the new bins.
“I’ve never really had this VIP treatment before but it’s a nice surprise. I’m a fairly low key person.”
Wokingham borough residents can now sign up for the £60 annual kerbside garden waste collection scheme, which starts on April 2 and replaces the current free fortnightly collection.
Cllr Gary Cowan, executive member for environment, said: “I am really pleased that residents seem to be taking to the new scheme by their obvious recognition of the environmental benefits it will bring by reducing landfill, increasing composting and increase recycling and my thanks go to them all.”
However, Lib Dem councillor Prue Bray is worried that the take-up will not be enough and the council will be left out of pocket if the collection trucks have to prowl the streets looking for only the occasional brown bin. She said: “The council needs 12 per cent of households to take this up to make the business model work. That’s around 7,750 houses. So far only two to three per cent have signed up. What are the implications for the council if the take-up is too low?”
Alternatively, people can purchase 75-litre compostable sacks for £1 and these will be collected fortnightly.
To sign up for the garden waste scheme, call (0118) 909 9360, Monday to Friday, or email: email@example.com