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West Berkshire Council calls for thoughts on new weekly food waste collections

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A new weekly food collection service is being rolled out to West Berkshire residents in the autumn.

West Berkshire Council has launched a survey with the aim of getting a better understanding of local recycling habits.

It wants to know which bins residents currently utilise, whether they think it is important to recycle food waste, and whether or not they would use the new service when it starts.

The new weekly collections will be rolled out in Autumn this year
The new weekly collections will be rolled out in Autumn this year

As part of the new service, food waste will be collected weekly, rather than fortnightly, and on the same day as usual recycling and rubbish collections.

Executive member for environment and waste at West Berkshire Council councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter (Con, Thatcham Colthrop and Crookham) said: “We are really excited to be able to expand the current waste collection service by introducing separate weekly food waste collections well ahead of the Government’s emerging requirement for all English councils to collect food waste separately and weekly from all households by around 2025.

“This new service is predicted to increase our overall recycling rate from approximately 50 per cent to nearly 60 per cent.”

He added: “Separate food waste collections will allow residents to present food waste for collection on a weekly basis free of charge.

“It will then be taken to our facility in Padworth where it will be turned into compost for local farmers and landscapers, contributing towards the reduction of carbon emissions and increasing the amount of waste we recycle.”

The service will be operated by the council's waste contractor Veolia UK which will be collecting the food waste using eight new purpose-built vehicles.

The majority of properties will be provided with a 23-litre kerbside caddy which can be stored outside, with those who share a bin store receiving a different size.

All residents will also be supplied with a five-litre kitchen caddy to collect food waste in before emptying it into their bigger kerbside caddy outside.

The local authority has also asked for those who don’t currently recycle their food waste to find out what, if anything, is stopping them from doing so.

The survey, which closes at midnight on May 3, can be found on the council’s website.

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