Berkshire

Waste scheme which sparked complaints sees recycling rise

A waste scheme that sparked more than 1,000 complaints when introduced by a Berkshire council has seen recycling rise and a drop in household rubbish.

Wokingham residents must pay £60 a year if they want garden waste collected.

They are also issued with general waste bags, which have to be bought from Wokingham council once they run out.

An opposition leader, who saw a woman dumping a bag of rubbish in a public litter bin, believes the scheme has led to people disposing of waste elsewhere.

Three months into the scheme, which began in April, recycling was up 32%, while household waste disposal was down 21%, the Tory-led council said.

But Prue Bray, leader of the Wokingham Liberal Democrats, said: "I saw a woman place a full bag of rubbish on top of the public litter bin.

"I've also heard of residents dumping rubbish bags at bins in supermarkets. And the queues at the dump are huge now."

The council claims the scheme is on course to make a £1m saving.

About 15% of households have signed up to the new garden waste scheme.

For general waste, a household of up to four receives 80 blue bags a year, while a household of five or more gets 100 bags. Residents must then pay £4 for 10 bags thereafter.

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