5,000 sign up for green waste collection
May 01, 2012
More than 5,000 people in Wokingham have signed up to the borough’s new green waste collection service.
The fortnightly service was rolled out earlier this month and Wokingham Borough Council says it is on track to reach its target of getting between 8,000 and 10,000 people to sign up in the first year.
So far just over 5,000 people have requested to have a brown wheelie bin. The council had originally ordered 20,000 bins, however this order had been cut back to 10,000.
Pete Baveystock, waste and recycling manager, said: “I think it has been okay. I would always like the figure to be higher but we are on target as our estimate was 8,000.”
The green waste collection service costs households £60 a year for a brown bin, which some people have branded a “stealth tax”.
Mr Baveystock said: “It is a price that reflects the cost of the whole service. Some councils do subsidise the service but we felt the user should pay.”
Homeowners can also opt for paper sacks, priced at £1 each, as an alternative to the brown bin and so far around 2,000 sacks have been sold. The council has also been working to deliver correct size blue bin bags to homes issued with incorrect bags.
Each household received 80 bags as standard and larger families of five or more will be able to apply for extra bags from next month when forms will be sent out. Households of five or more can apply for a further 20 bags and families of six or more can get an extra 40 bags.
As part of the new waste and recycling scheme, homeowners can earn rewards, including vouchers for local shops, cinemas and sports facilities, for recycling by registering with the free Recyclebank scheme.
As well as a 300 points bonus for registering, each week households earn 10 points for their recycling efforts by telling Recyclebank either online, by phone or using an app.
Recyclebank would not reveal how many people in the borough have so far registered with the scheme.
A spokeswoman for Recyclebank said: “Recyclebank is very pleased with the progress and registration numbers they have seen in the borough to date and will announce full registration numbers after the scheme has been implemented for three months.”
To redeem points or find out more, call 0844 409 9490 or visit www.recyclebank.com