Bin collection days are changing from 13 February 2017. Waste collection changes and garden waste collection charge.

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Bin collection day changes

Your Bin Collection Day is Changing

Bin collection days will change for most of the 68,500 households in Reading from February 13 2017. This is the first change in more than a decade as the Council reorganises collection rounds to make the service more efficient.

New service standards will also come into effect from February next year, as the Council focuses on driving up recycling rates further and reducing the amount of household waste going to landfill to save money.

What are the collection day changes and when will they happen?

New collection rounds will start the week beginning Monday 13 February 2017.  The changes will mean a different collection day for the majority of Reading's residents.

Your grey general waste bin will still be collected one week and your red recycling bin the next.  Green waste collection days will not change in February 2017.

Why are you making 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.

How will I find out what my new collection day is?

A new bin collection calendar with revised dates will be sent to households, along with an explanatory letter, in January. Please look out for it. The changes will then come into effect from 13 February 2017.

Look up your new collection days

If your collection day isn't changing you will still be sent a new calendar, as this one runs until March 2018.

We will also let residents know about the changes through the Council's website, Twitter and Facebook accounts and via local press. 

What are the new waste collection service standards, and what changes are being made to how waste and recycling is collected? 

  • The new service standards 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.

When will these changes come into effect?

At the same time as the changes to collection days - Monday 13 February 2017

How can I find out more details about these changes?

A leaflet explaining the changes will be sent you in January, along with an explanatory letter.  The leaflet will also contain your new bin collection calendar as well as information on how to reduce your waste, and recycle more.

We will also let residents know about the changes through the Council's website, Twitter and Facebook accounts and via local press. 

Why are these new waste collection service standards being 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.

Why can't I put other plastic items in my recycling bin?

We only collect plastic bottles as they can be recycled easily whereas there is a limited market in the UK for other types of plastic. Margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, meat trays and plastic bags are all made from different types of plastic which are difficult to separate and process once collected.



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