Blue bin bags flawed, but recycling upBy Laura Herbert
April 23, 2012
The lead councillor for environment in Wokingham admits he has to modify his blue bags to fit over bins.
Since the launch of Wokingham’s new waste and recycling scheme three weeks ago, many people have complained of struggling to fit the official blue bags over dustbins.
Councillor Gary Cowan, executive member for environment, admitted the handles on the bags do make it tight to fit over bins, but he has adapted his blue bags by snapping the handles to create four tabs.
Blue bin bag scheme a 'catastrophic failure'
Of changing the production of the bags, he said: “As this is a simple solution we would leave it as it is. But, we will continue to monitor the whole service and if there are areas we can improve, we will.”
The council has reported a 10 per cent increase in recycling, which has gone from fortnightly to weekly under the new scheme, and a 10 per cent reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill in the first week of the new waste collection service.
More than five million blue bags were issued for the new service but Brookside Church has reportedly not received any blue bin bags.
Linda Mitchell, operations manager at the church in Brookside Close, Lower Earley, said: “It feels like it has been a bit of a fiasco. We had no communication in advance and made several calls and given unreliable information, which was given in good faith.
“The people who I have dealt with have been very helpful, but it is ridiculous we are now nearly three weeks into the new system.”
Peter Baveystock, manager for waste and recycling, said: “If they have enlisted they will receive 80 bags. Places of religious worship get 80 bags and recycling boxes.
“Anything that is not a place of religious worship, such as community centres, have to provide their own collections.”
This week Wokingham Liberal Democrats called on the council to revisit the variety of products it can collect for recycling.
The council has issued new guidance answering queries such as these on its website at www.wokingham.gov.uk