Reading Borough Council’s commitment to food waste recycling is continuing into 2023, with more households than ever benefitting from the service.
The second phase of the scheme’s rollout commenced in the summer, and has brought the service to over 950 flats across 42 blocks. This work is continuing through 2023 and will eventually see 14,500 high and low rise flats participating in the scheme. It is being implemented on a block by basis to achieve greater buy in of residents and maximise participation.
The amount of food waste being sent to landfill by Reading residents has dramatically reduced with the introduction of the Council’s food recycling scheme, launched in October 2019 to the first 3,000 early adopters and followed by the roll out to 56,000 houses around the borough. This has seen Reading’s recycling rate sky-rocket from 34% to over 50% of the borough’s waste being recycled. The proportion of food waste found in grey bins has dropped from 41% to 23% since the scheme’s introduction.
Other headline figures revealed this week highlighting the achievements of the introduction of food waste collections in the borough are:
The Council is keen to capitalise on this increase in recycling, and is encouraging residents to take further steps to help increases recycling rates in other ways too, including:
Cllr Karen Rowland, Lead Member for Environmental Services and Community Safety, said:
“The people of Reading have done a great job of embracing food waste recycling and helping us get the recycling rate up over 50% which is a laudable achievement. However, we will continue to increase that number as we bring food recycling to thousands more people who live in flats this year, where we know many residents are eager to get on board and do their bit.
Working through the unique challenges of blocks of flats on an individual basis helps officers to tailor an approach and methods for collection that best fits each site and its residents. Officers look to speak with and engage with residents and management agents to provide guidance on using the new service as well as answering queries on its implementation and how it fits with the existing kerbside recycling scheme.
Together, I’m excited that we can increase Reading’s recycling rate further, so when our officers come to your residential block be sure to get on board! Meanwhile if you’d like to be even more engaged with helping Reading achieve greater heights with our recycling numbers, do access our recycling information on our website and the re3cyclopedia app to see how else you can maximise what you recycle”.