Blue Bags are coming!!


More than five million blue waste bags will be out for delivery from Wokingham Borough Council next

They will be distributed to all houses in the borough over the next five weeks, with each household
receiving 80 bags in two rolls of 40. This will cover the period between April 2020 and March 2021. Blue
bags were first introduced back in 2012 to restrict the volume of waste per household to approximately
120 litres per week.

The size and quality of the bags remains the same. The Council can only collect waste in these council
branded bags. Waste collections will continue to be on a weekly basis and the number of bags each
household receives will not reduce.

There have been slight changes to the blue bag scheme this year, as larger families who used to
automatically receive extra bags will no longer do so. Since the scheme was launched in 2012 we have
increased our recycling options to include additional plastic containers, tetrapak and food waste so
many residents may no longer require the additional supply.

If you are a larger family, with five or more living permanently in your household, then you can visit our
website from June (search blue bags) to apply for additional blue bags. You will then receive a voucher
and be able to collect these from the council’s offices or your local library, when the stocks are in.

“Our residents are finding they need fewer and fewer blue bags by making the most of our extensive
recycling services at the kerbside – helping us achieve our aim to recycle more than 50 per cent of our
waste in borough,” said Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure.

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Date:   27 January 2020 Issued by:  Connor McLoughlin
Issue No: 10/20 Version:   1.0
Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1BN Tel: (0118) 974 6000 Email:

Anyone wishing to know when their allocation will be delivered can do so by visiting the council’s
website (search ‘annual blue bag delivery’). If residents are unsure of their collection day this can also be
checked on the council’s website (search ‘collection days’).

Residents should be aware our garden waste renewal service is changing, with those who are currently
signed up being sent letters telling the how to opt into the service online for 2020-21. These will be sent
out in early March, slightly later than usual.

The council’s food waste service continues to run successfully after launching in April last year. Since it
started 3,783 tonnes of food waste have been turned into energy – boosting recycling rates to more
than 55 per cent. It has also boosted recycling habits across the borough with 859 additional tonnes of
plastic, paper and metal materials collected kerbside compared to the previous year.

“Our food waste scheme has been a runaway success and we can only thank our residents for taking to
it so readily,” Cllr Batth added. “It’s really heartening to see how it has also boosted recycling habits for
our kerbside collections, with our residents making sure Wokingham borough continues to increase its
recycling percentages annually.”

Residents are able to collect more food waste bags, free of charge, from the main council offices at
Shute End or from libraries across the borough.
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‘Tis the season to recycle!

‘Tis the season to recycle!

 In the season of goodwill, re3 Councils are encouraging all residents to check the latest information on recycling and aim to have a sustainable Christmas.
The partnership suggests downloading the free re3cyclopedia app to anyone who is in doubt about what can be recycled across Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough.
On average, the area can produce more than 14,000 tonnes of waste in a month, but over the festive period that amount can swell by nearly a third. With the increased volume of waste, re3 reminds residents to check local recycling information and be aware of what can go in the recycling bins and boxes. Lately, there have been some great improvements to the council’s kerbside recycling services, giving residents opportunity to recycle much more festive packaging, including plastic sweet tubs or mince pie foil cases. In addition, Wokingham Borough residents can recycle any leftover Christmas food, for the first time.

Residents of the re3 area can bring additional recycling and waste to one of the re3 Recycling Centres: Longshot Lane in Bracknell or Island Road in Reading. Following last year’s January sales and Christmas presents, re3 residents brought to the recycling sites: 37 tonnes of fridges and freezers, 22 tonnes of TVs and laptops and 96 tonnes of kettles, toasters and other small electricals for recycling. This year, re3 encourage residents to also use the Reuse or Donation area and place there unwanted items in reusable condition such as: furniture, plastic toys, glassware, small electricals or CDs so they can be rehomed or sold locally, supporting the Sue Ryder charity.

Both sites are open every day 8am – 6pm, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Sites are also closing early at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Top Christmas items that can be recycled at home:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays including sweet tubs
  • Aluminium foil, including turkey roasting trays and mince pie cases

Top Christmas items that can be recycled at the recycling banks or recycling centres

  • Clothes
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Small electricals

Santa’s naughty list:

X Black trays

X Foil based wrapping paper

X Polystyrene

X Wet paper