Rubbish collections move to fortnightly from Monday 

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After months of preparation, everything is in place for the launch of revised waste collection services from Monday 18 October. 

From Monday: 

  • •    Recycling and food waste will be collected weekly
  • •    Rubbish (non-recyclable, residual waste) will be collected fortnightly
  • •    Communal waste collections and streets where the majority of properties receive sack collections – remain weekly

In addition, the council will return to a five-day collection week, Monday to Friday, with no scheduled Saturday collections. 

Around 50% of household waste in the borough is currently recycled, but the council is calling on residents to help increase this to at least 65%.

This target helps meet the aims in our Environment and Climate Strategy, which includes a commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Councillor David Coppinger, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “While no doubt there will be a period of adjustment with a change of this scale, I would stress that we are prepared and will address any issues as quickly as possible. I believe this is a positive change for the Royal Borough. 

“Quite simply, we must decrease the volume of waste we produce. The Royal Borough remains in a minority of councils offering weekly collection of waste other than food, and I hope that the combination of weekly recycling and food waste collections, with fortnightly rubbish collections, will help us hit and even exceed our target that 65% of all household waste is recycled.”

These changes mean 71% of residents will see a change to their general waste collection day. Leaflets explaining more about why rubbish collections are changing and confirming the new collection date have been sent to every home in the borough, and from Monday residents will be able to check their next collection day online. 

There are lots of actions that residents can take to help reduce their waste and recycle more, from meal planning and making shopping lists to reduce their food waste; to choosing reusable items instead of single use disposable options that will end up in the bin. Information is available on the council’s website on how to reduce waste and maximise space in rubbish bins

Any residents needing to report a missed bin are urged to use the online Report It tool. This is the quickest and easiest way to resolve any problems. 

Councillor Coppinger continued: “It’s on all of us to take responsibility and do what we can. Surrounding councils have moved to less frequent rubbish collections successfully, and I see no reason why the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead will not. 

“I have no doubt that residents will embrace these changes for the good of our environment.”