New bigger bin bags coming after changes given go-aheadBy Laura Herbert
December 06, 2012
Bigger blue bin bags will come into force next year as plans to improve the borough’s waste and recycling scheme were given the green light.
A number of improvements, including bigger bags, were approved following thousands of complaints when the initiative launched in April.
Members of Wokingham Borough Council’s executive unanimously approved nine recommendations following a public consultation and survey.
During the meeting on Thursday, November 29, Councillor Rob Stanton said: “Earlier this year we said we would review the waste system in light of difficulties and we have and it is clear to me we will need to continue that work.
“The bags are 12 per cent bigger than the old bags therefore there is a risk we will increase the waste volume.”
He added: “There were some difficulties, but through all this we have maintained weekly waste collections and increased recycling and a made a substantial saving.”
Cllr Ross replied: “I think the bigger bags do represent a risk but when I drive down streets I only see a very small proportion of bags full, so I don’t think that will represent a major problem.”
The bags will have longer, loop handles, increased height and a wider top opening to fit a 90-litre dustbin, and a voucher scheme will be introduced for homeowners who don’t receive their 80 bags in time.
The cost of changing the bags has also reduced from the original £250,000 to £220,000 as contractor Veolia has agreed to cover the cost of using a different supplier.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Lindsay Ferris said: “The new waste scheme was poorly thought out and badly implemented. A proper pilot scheme would have shown up the problems.”