Silent majority pleased with blue bin bag schemeBy Laura Herbert
November 07, 2012
The controversial blue bin bag scheme is ‘pleasing the silent majority’ according to council environment bosses.
Only 2,000 people responded to survey about the waste and recycling scheme, despite the borough having a population of around 159,100.
Wokingham Borough Council officials revealed almost 68 per cent of those who responded put out on average one blue bag a week, compared to 57 per cent before the scheme was introduced in April.
The scheme has reduced household waste collections across the borough by 22 per cent and led to a 24 per cent increase in kerbside recycling.
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for the environment, said: “We know the scheme had teething problems when it was first rolled out, but it is proving its environmental and financial worth for residents.
“It’s more likely people that have issues with the scheme are going to respond rather than the many I’ve spoken to who think we have done a good job.
“My judgement is the silent majority are quite happy with the scheme, but I don’t want us to become complacent.”
Results also show 47 per cent of people are happy with the transparency of the blue bins bags, despite concerns about the bags’ thickness. Half of people questioned don’t like the size of the bags.
Statistics also reveal 92 per cent of people know about the Recyclebank incentive, with 63 per cent signing up.
Around 70 per cent said they take garden waste to the dump, and of those, there is a 50/50 split between home composting and not.
More women than men took part, with 26 per cent of those representing two-person households, and 27 per cent from four-person homes.
Households were encouraged to complete a questionnaire or respond at a series of Wokingham Borough Council’s drop-ins throughout August and September.
Any changes to the scheme will be considered by the council’s executive when it meets on November 29.