Have your say on bin bag serviceBy Laura Herbert
September 04, 2012
Households are being urged to have their say on how the borough’s controversial new waste and recycling service is working.
The scheme, which came into force in April, was initially criticised as many households were given the wrong size blue bin bags and many felt they were too flimsy.
Families were also upset about the 80 bag limit forced on them by the council.
The consultation, which launched on Tuesday, August 21, aims to find out whether users think the service is running as intended.
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for environment at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “It would be fair to say that we had a few initial problems when we launched the new service.
“Four months in, I am pleased to report good progress is being made.
“The amount of household waste sent for disposal has reduced by 21 per cent compared with the same period last year and recycling has increased by 32 per cent over the same period and this is all down to the efforts of our residents.
“This means we are on track to meet our budget target of saving nearly a million pounds in the first year, but just as importantly, we are avoiding landfill penalties and contributing to the environment by sending more for recycling.”
Cllr Ross added: “Our citizen’s panel have received copies of the survey along with members of the public who raised concerns with us over the past four months, but we want to hear from as many local residents as possible.
“This new service affected everyone and we are keen to learn more about their experiences and how the scheme is working.”
The survey asks about the blue waste sacks, including suitability, kerbside recycling scheme, the recycling rewards scheme and the opt-in garden waste scheme.
Visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/council/consultations/wasteservices to complete the survey by Friday, September 14.
The results will be reported to the executive later this year and will help improve the service next year.