Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Truth About Wokingham's Rubbish

We wanted to know how much of Wokingham's Waste ended up in landfill, how much was recycled, and how much was composted so we asked the Council under the Freedom Of Information Act. We also asked Bracknell and Reading Councils for the same information for comparison.

The results are interesting and don't seem to equate to the Council's claims that it recycles 40% of our waste, however, 26000 tonnes of Wokingham's Waste isn't accounted for here, so we are seeking further clarification ( potentially it could be incinerated ).

It's interesting to note that although Wokingham has a higher total waste collection than Reading it recycles less of it, and that it also recycles less waste as a percentage of total waste than Bracknell. Is this the message you hear from our council?

This is the data for 2010/11:

Question: Please state the total weight of material your council collects from municipal waste collection and bring services – including waste presented at Household Waste Recycling Centres, Civic Amenity Sites or other bring sites, waste collected at kerbside and waste collected from businesses.
Answer:

Authority
Total Waste Collected (tonnes)
Bracknell Forest Borough Council
52966
Reading Borough Council
70770.55
Wokingham Council
75,532


Question:Please state how many tonnes of this municipal waste collected by the council are collected for recycling, how many for composting or anaerobic digestion (AD), and how many tonnes are collected as residual waste


Answer:
Authority
Tonnage collected for Recycling
Tonnage collected for Composting
Tonnage collected for EfW/Landfill
Bracknell Forest Borough Council
14737
8234
26094
Reading Borough Council
18584.46
6691.43
43915.06
Wokingham Council
17,240
12,304
19,342