READING Borough Council’s garden waste collection service will fully resume from Monday 27 April.
The service was temporarily suspended on 27 March to allow the Council to successfully focus on ensuring priority collections of household waste and recycling could continue, despite staff shortages due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The council’s swift redeployment and retraining of staff meant that a full service of household waste and recycling has been maintained throughout, and it is now able to include garden waste collections once again.
Garden waste subscriptions of residents who had already renewed will automatically be updated to start from 27 April for a full year, with no charges for the period that the service was suspended. Existing customers who have not yet renewed, and new customers, can sign up and pay for the service now online at www.reading.gov.uk/garden-waste.
With the service resuming next week after a month-long absence, residents are being urged to only present their garden waste for collection in the bins or bags provided, as the collection team are unable to take away excess waste placed beside the bins.
Sophia James, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods at the Council, said:
We are delighted to be able to resume the garden waste collection service after only a month’s suspension, to complement the existing household waste and recycling collections which have remained constant thanks to the diligence of our waste and recycling team. I would like to thank residents for their patience over the last month and encourage them to resume using the scheme from next week, ensuring that garden waste they have accumulated is only left out in the bins or bags provided”.
Collection dates and calendars are available to view and print online at: https://my.reading.gov.uk/