An overwhelming majority of Wokingham’s residents are unhappy with the new waste and recycling scheme, according to a survey carried out by the Liberal Democrat opposition on the Borough Council.
The Lib Dems have been carrying out the survey across a number of areas of the Borough. They have received nearly a thousand replies already –
The main issues coming out of the survey so far are: the high cost of the green waste collection, and disappointment with the limited range of things that can be recycled. According to the Council’s own figures, only 8% of residents have joined the green waste scheme. This confirms the Lib Dems’ long held fears that the high charges would deter people. The survey also shows people are keen to recycle. But despite Lib Dem calls for recycling to be expanded, the Conservatives failed to take the opportunity to do it when they drew up the new contract.
Cllr Prue Bray leader of the Liberal Democrat councillors said” It’s a great pity that the Conservatives didn’t consult residents before introducing their changes to the rubbish collection. We have been arguing for many months that their scheme was flawed and now it is clear that residents think the same. We will continue to press for changes to the scheme.”