Wokingham council recycling reminder on approach to big bin change – Bracknell News

Residents in Wokingham have been recorded recycling more of their waste than ever, according to the latest figures – but the council says there is still room for improvement.

It comes as the council gears up to change most households’ kerbside collections this summer to fortnightly from August.

The borough’s recycling rate has increased to 57 per cent, meaning well under half (43 per cent) of all domestic waste is now burned for energy or sent to landfill as general rubbish.

Last year’s recycling rate was 54 per cent, while almost a decade ago it stood at 34 per cent.

Wokingham Borough most recently placed 42nd for recycling out of 333 English councils, up from 204th in 2018 and 80th in 2020.

The Government expects all councils to recycle 65 per cent of their waste by 2035.

However, the council has found that some blue bags are still mostly filled with recycling.

A recent sample of bags put out for collection in selected streets found 62 per cent of the contents could have been recycled, while just 38 per cent was non-recyclable.

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From August, rubbish will be collected fortnightly from a 180-litre black-wheeled bin.

Recycling will also be collected fortnightly, on weeks when rubbish isn’t collected, from the existing reusable green bags.

However, food waste collections are staying weekly as the biggest share of recyclable material found in the blue bag sample was food waste.

It made up 20 per cent of all contents but should have been disposed of in kerbside food bins. 

Paper, cardboard and magazines made up 11 per cent of the blue bag sample’s contents alongside plastic bottles, tubs and trays (six per cent) and tins, cans and aerosols (three per cent).

These should all go in green recycling bags and be washed and squashed, where possible, to take up less space.

Meanwhile, garden waste made up 10 per cent of the contents but can go in brown bins or bags, which are collected fortnightly as part of an optional service.

Eight per cent of the blue bags’ contents were reusable textiles like clothes, which can be given away through charity shops and clothing banks or sold or donated online.

Cllr Ian Shenton, executive member for environment, sport and leisure, said: “We know life is complicated for many people, and the cost of living crisis has sadly made things harder, so we’re proud that residents are still making the effort to recycle more.

“We don’t want to single anyone out with the findings from our blue bag sample, but it’s surprisingly easy to join in and recycle more through small changes to your daily habits. It all adds up to make a big difference in helping the environment.

“By making the most of food waste collections, you’ll still have lots of your waste collected weekly from August – and it won’t rot in your black bin, making your rubbish easier to store for two weeks.

“It’s free and easy to get a food bin and caddy or more green recycling bags, which can make a big dent in how much rubbish you put out.

“Change is coming for most households and we know this can be daunting, but there’s plenty of time to prepare and we’re here to help everyone get ready for a greener future.”