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Festive period collections

There will be some small changes to rubbish and recycling collection days during Christmas and New Year.

This is something we do every year, with no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, to allow our waste teams some time with their families over the festive period. Changes are as follows:

Normal collection day

Actual collection day

Delay

25 December 2020

28 December 2020

3 days

28 December 2020

29 December 2020

1 day

29 December 2020

30 December 2020

1 day

30 December 2020

31 December 2020

1 day

31 December 2020

2 January 2021

2 days

1 January 2021

4 January 2021

3 days

4 January 2021

5 January 2021

1 day

5 January 2021

6 January 2021

1 day

6 January 2021

7 January 2021

1 day

7 January 2021

8 January 2021

1 day

8 January 2021

9 January 2021

1 day

Collections may be earlier than normal so please leave your waste out for collection the night before. Collections will return to normal on 11 January 2021.

During the festive period our online check your collection day search will be updated to reflect the changes above.


Cardboard boxes

What to do with your packaging

With Black Friday this past week and the countdown to Christmas well underway, it’s important to try and recycle as much as possible this festive season.

If you have any large cardboard boxes from deliveries these should be broken down and flattened to fit into your black recycling boxes.

Polystyrene and bubble wrap, which come with your packages can’t be recycled in your black boxes and should go into your blue bin bags.

If you aren’t sure with any item you can check our website for a full list of what can and can’t go in your recycling.

Our partners at re3 are also holding a Zoom session next week (12.30pm, 10 December) on ‘12 Days of Christmas recycling‘ for anyone who may be interested.


New recycling bags at the kerbside

Recycling bags: Will I be able to use black boxes as well as the bags?

As we get closer to the rollout of our new waterproof recycling bags next year, each week we’ll be answering some of the most frequently asked questions on them in this newsletter. This week:

Q: Will I be able to use my existing recycling boxes as well as waterproof bags?

A: As soon as you receive the waterproof bags you should start using these. There will be a short period where both will be accepted, which residents will be updated on when we have more information on the rollout. After this point residents should collect additional bags from our community hubs if they require more capacity than the initial two bags.

As we are able to provide updates on the rollout to residents, this newsletter will be the best place for the latest information, so keep your eyes peeled and let your neighbours know to sign up.


Double bag Covid waste

Disposing of Covid-19 related waste

If you have tested positive for coronavirus or are having symptoms and are self isolating, you should dispose of waste that is heavily contaminated in a different way to normal.

You should place the contaminated waste, such as tissues or cleaning wipes, in a plastic bag or bin liner, tie the top to prevent escape of the material. Then place this bag inside another bag and tie it securely.

This waste should be stored separately from other waste for at least 72 hours before putting it in with your general rubbish (blue bags) for collection. If your waste collection is less than 72 hours away, this bag should be put in with your blue bags to be collected the following week.

You can read more on the UK Government website and to get Wokingham specific Covid-19 information, you can sign up for weekly Covid-19 updates.


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