Veolia Environmental Services has won a seven-year contract for recycling and waste management with Wokingham Borough Council, which will include weekly household collections.
Veolia said the total dry materials collected for recycling will increase from a predicted 7,000 tonnes this year to around 8,000 tonnes in 2012-13, increasing recycling rates to 45% saving £1m per year. The previous contract was with Sita.
Under the new service, which starts in April, residents will continue to have their household rubbish collected every week. However, to encourage residents to put more in the recycling bin and less in the rubbish sack, the council will provide households with 80 official blue rubbish sacks every year.
Only these 80-litre official sacks, large enough to line a dustbin, will be collected each week. Arrangements will be made for large households (more than four residents) to apply for more bags. For example, a family of five can get 100 and a family of six and above 120. The council will deliver the free 80 official sacks to households in March 2012.
There will also be weekly collections of recycling using the existing black boxes. Residents will be able to continue to recycle all food and drink cans, mixed paper/card, plastic bottles and aerosols using the black boxes.
Regional operations director at Veolia Ian Williams, said: “Our goal will be to further improve customer service and help residents across the borough make recycling their first priority with blue sack residual waste a distant second, so maximising the savings from landfill diversion.”