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West Berkshire Council needs your opinion about the upcoming separate food waste collections service

We have launched a survey ahead of the roll out of our separate weekly food waste collection service and would like to encourage everyone who lives in West Berkshire to take part in the survey. The survey is now open and will close at midnight on 3 May 2022.

Posted by: Communications team on 22 March 2022 14:00
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As part of the new service, starting in autumn 2022, food waste will be collected weekly, but on the same day as your usual recycling and rubbish collection. We currently collect food waste every fortnight in your green bin, with your garden waste if you are subscribed to that service. As with all our recycling and rubbish collections, the service will be operated by our waste contractor, Veolia UK, who will collect the food waste using eight new purpose-built vehicles.

The majority of properties will be provided with a 23-litre kerbside caddy with a lockable lid, which can be stored outside with other existing recycling containers. Residents who share a bin store will receive a different sized bin to share with neighbours. All residents will also be supplied with a handy 5-litre kitchen caddy to collect food waste in before emptying it into their bigger kerbside caddy outside.

In this survey we are asking for residents views to help us better understand your recycling habits, whether you think it's important to recycle food waste, and if you'd use the new service when it starts during autumn 2022.

We'd also like to hear from people who don't currently recycle their food waste to find out what, if anything, is stopping you from doing so.

We'll take what we've learnt from your responses and, where possible, use relevant feedback to improve how the new service can be delivered. Nearer the time, we'll let residents know exactly when the service will start, when the caddies will be delivered and what can be recycled in them.

The results of this survey will be made available within four weeks of the survey closing date.

Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for Environment and Waste at West Berkshire Council, said:

"We are really excited to be able to expand the current waste collection service by introducing separate weekly food waste collections well ahead of the government's emerging requirement for all English councils to collect food waste separately and weekly from all households by around 2025.

"This new service is predicted to increase our overall recycling rate from approximately 50% to nearly 60%. Separate food waste collections will allow residents to present food waste for collection on a weekly basis free of charge. It will then be taken to our facility in Padworth where it will be turned into compost for local farmers and landscapers, contributing towards the reduction of carbon emissions and increasing the amount of waste we recycle."

The easiest way to participate in the survey is online via our website:

If you don't have online access, you can request a hardcopy from our customer services team on: 01635 519080.

Last modified: 22 March 2022 16:09

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