Bin collection days changed on 13 February 2017. Waste collection changes and garden waste collection charge.
Bin collection day changes
New Bin Collection Day
New bin collection rounds came into effect on Monday 13th February 2017, which means a different bin collection day for the majority of Reading's residents.
or check your new bin collection calendar, which was sent to you in January.
The time of day we collect your bin may also have changed, so please make sure that you place it at the boundary of your property by 7am on the day of collection.
Green waste collection days have not changed.
New service standards
These also came into effect on 13th February and are as follows:
- Closed bin policy: We will only collect your bin if the lid is closed.
- No side waste: Any extra/excess general household waste left at the side of your grey bin will not be collected.
- Only recycling bins with the correct items in them will be collected: All recycling must be loose in your red bin and NOT in plastic bags.
- One bin policy: We will collect one standard grey bin (and at least one recycling bin/box) from domestic properties on a fortnightly basis; larger bins may be available in some circumstances: If you have more than one grey bin or a larger grey bin, we will contact you within 6 months of the introduction of the policy, to assess your current waste capacity and needs. Extra Recycling bins are FREE. So if you regularly have too much recycling for your red bin or box complete our new bin form to order another one.
If we are unable to empty your bin we will put a tag on your bin or a sticker on any extra waste to tell you why and the action you will need to take so your bin is emptied next time.
Why have you made these changes to the collection rounds?
There has been a significant increase in the number of properties and households in Reading since the current rounds were devised over 10 years ago. This impacts on the crews and collections, as rounds are no longer of similar size.
The new round structure will make the collections more efficient.
Why have these new waste collection service standards been introduced?
The Council is focusing on increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of household waste going to landfill. Last year Reading residents recycled 33% of their waste. We need your help to do even better.
For every tonne of household waste which goes to landfill, it costs the Council £167. In Reading last year landfill charges cost the Council Tax payer £2.4 million. At a time of unprecedented cuts in Government funding and increasing demands on services, the Council needs to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill charges to make savings.
Why is the Council under such financial pressure?
Since 2011 the Council has had to make more than £65 million worth of savings. This is because the Government has cut the money it provides to the Council and because of a big increase in demand for key Council services, particularly adult and children's social care. Latest estimates are that we need to still make an additional £40 million worth of savings by 2020.
How have you let residents know about the changes?
A new bin collection calendar with revised dates was sent out to households, along with an explanatory letter, in January. If your collection day hasn't changed we still sent a new calendar to you, as this one runs until March 2018.
We have also let residents know about the changes through the Council's website, Twitter and Facebook accounts and via local press.
Why can't I put plastic tubs, yoghurt pots and other plastic containers into my recycling bin or box?
We have only ever collected plastic bottles for recycling and not other types of plastic containers. Other councils may collect other types of plastic packaging such as margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, meat trays and fruit punnets, but that doesn't mean that they are all recycled. These items do not currently reach the market value to make it financially viable for Reading, and many other councils, to recycle them. Although plastic packaging may be collected as recycling elsewhere, it is sometimes sent to an Energy from Waste facility instead of being recycled.
As part of the re3 waste partnership, we will closely monitor recycling markets for new product opportunities and will recycle as much as we can in the most cost-effective way possible.
Why can't I put my recycling into my bin in a plastic or black bag?
If your recyclables are in a plastic bag, the machine at the Materials Recycling Facility will not be able to sort your recycling properly. Plastic bags can also get caught in the machinery and can cause damage and delays.
Why can't I put glass bottles and jars into my recycling bin or box?
The Materials Recycling Facility does not have the equipment needed to separate glass from other items collected in recycling bins and boxes. Additionally, it would be extremely costly to modify, or purchase new collection vehicles to collect glass.
Reading residents are already very conscientious and effective glass recyclers and our bottle bring banks are well used. By collecting glass in separate bottle banks, we can recycle it into higher grade glass products. By keeping the caps and lids on bottles and jars, we can also recycle valuable metal from the glass bring banks.
Why doesn't the council offer food waste collections?
Considerable financial investment would be needed to introduce kerbside food waste collection in the re3 area, including paying for new bins, food waste caddies and new or modified refuse trucks. This is at a time when council budgets are under immense pressure. Nonetheless, if a viable business case emerges, the re3 councils are committed to exploring it.
By tackling food waste at its source - buying just what we need, eating all that we buy, and freezing and reusing leftovers - we can all save money from our grocery bills, and councils can use waste disposal cost savings for frontline services like social care.