£60 green waste fee may be reducedBy Victoria Smith
June 22, 2012
A £60 charge for green waste collection could be reduced under a review of Wokingham’s new waste collection scheme.
In the coming months, Wokingham Borough Council is to review the failures of the scheme rollout, which saw some residents receive the wrong type of blue waste sacks and others none at all.How much would you be prepared to spend annually on green waste collections?Have your say in our poll
This week it was revealed hundreds of people have been warned they are using the wrong bin bags under a ‘gentle’ crackdown.
The council issued nearly 1,000 leaflets in the first two weeks of its new tougher approach to enforcing the waste collection rules, which began in April when all residents were delivered 80 blue waste sacks for use throughout the year.
A £60 annual charge for green waste wheelie bins was also introduced.
Bin collectors issued 500 leaflets in the first week and 340 leaflets the following week. A council spokeswoman said both figures accounted for less than one per cent of the Wokingham population.
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: “It is a very small proportion across 60,000 houses. We decided to take a gentle approach to this.
“We have deliberately delayed introducing these letters until now and given people the chance to make sure they have got blue bags and can use them.”
The warning leaflets sent to residents who use the wrong bag read: “We noted during today’s collection you are not presenting the non-recyclable waste in our official blue bags. Whilst we have collected your waste this time, this will not be the case from now on.
“I shall be grateful therefore, if you will, in future, present the waste in the official blue bags we have provided.”
The council says all residents should now have received blue bags.
The council is to carry out a review of the way the scheme was introduced and how well it is working. This will include a look at the design of the bags, which some have said are too flimsy, and the £60 charge for green waste bins.
Cllr Ross said: “We will be looking at three key things: seeing how we might have done things differently in terms of introducing the scheme; the immediate issue of making sure there are extra bags for those who have run out; and looking at the blue bags and whether they will be sent out next year in exactly the same format or whether they are changed slightly.
“We tested the bags. They are as good if not better than blue bags you buy from the supermarket.”
He added: “We will be looking at the green waste charge for next year as to whether we have estimated it right or not.
“It is something we are very aware of.
“We do not want to charge people more than we have to.”