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Green fingered residents will be keen to know garden waste opt in applications for 2020-21 are now open. The annual fee for a 240-litre brown wheeled bins will remain at £60 to ensure garden waste can still be collected easily.

There are already 20,000 households across Wokingham borough subscribed to the service, which takes away garden clippings, grass cuttings, leaves and weeds fortnightly from the kerbside. Making use of the service means residents are able to have 6,240 litres of green material collected from the kerbside each year – more than one large skip.

The materials are then sent to Oxfordshire to a composting facility, creating re3grow compost, which is made available to residents via Re3’s household waste recycling centres in the spring and summer months. Last year 10,863 tonnes of green material were collected at the kerbside and recycling centres.

The garden waste is then turned into compost and is available to buy at £3.50 per 40-litre bag, the cost of producing it, so residents can use it in their gardens and help to grow new plants. This is an example of the council making the most of a circular economy, collecting something from residents and turning it into a useful resource.

This year residents who are already signed up for the garden waste collection service will receive a letter asking them to opt in and pay online for use of a bin from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. These are being sent out this week.

Invoices will no longer be issued to residents to charge them for the service. Payment can be made online via www.wokingham.gov.uk/ordergardenwastecollection, by calling 0118 974 6000 and selecting the “waste” option or in person at the council’s Shute End offices, or if you are a library member, you can also get help and online access by visiting one of our libraries.

Those who already have a brown wheeled bin and are renewing will receive a purple sticker to attach to the bin. If residents are signing up for the first time, their bin will be delivered with a purple sticker attached. Visit www.wokingham.gov.uk (search ‘garden waste’) to check collection days.

Residents who do not want to sign up for a brown wheeled bin can still take advantage of garden waste collections using the council’s brown compostable sacks. These have a capacity of 75-litres and cost £1 each, they can be purchased from the council’s offices or local libraries. Residents will be told their collection day for these upon purchase.

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