Households Encouraged to Act This Week to Continue Garden Waste Collections

HOUSEHOLDS with green bins are being advised to sign up for the new garden waste collection scheme by the end of the week to prevent any break in service.

New charges come into effect for the collection of garden waste from 1st April and the Council is recommending households register and make their payment by Friday 3rd March to ensure their membership packs are received in time.

Letters were sent out to households in January advising them of the changes and encouraging them to sign up to the new green bin collection service.

So far 5,600 residents have subscribed and membership packs have started to be sent out.

Reading Borough Council has been collecting garden waste for free since the service was introduced nearly 10 years ago while many other local councils have been charging for years.

Sustained cuts in government funding has forced the Council to introduce a £50 annual charge for up two green bins to be collected per property, or £15 per year for households with a green bag. Households which receive Council Tax Support qualify for a 25 per cent discount.

Residents who sign up to the new scheme will be sent a coloured sticker to put on their bins, or tags for their bags, to notify the crews to collect from their property. Only bins and bags with the correct stickers or tags will be collected from April.

Households who have not previously been part of the scheme can join up and buy a green bin for £36.10 or bag for £11.35 which is then their property.

Councillor Liz Terry, Lead Member for Neighbourhoods, said:

“More than 5,000 people have already decided they would like to continue to benefit from the convenience of having their garden waste collected from the kerbside.

“Subscribers continue to come in on a steady basis and we are expecting an increase in interest as 1st April approaches.

“However, residents who want to ensure there is no gap in their garden waste collections should sign up and make their payment by 3rd March to allow time for their stickers and calendars to be sent out.”

Households can sign up and pay for the garden waste collection scheme by visiting www.reading.gov.uk/garden-waste or calling (0118) 937 2055.

David Millward

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