Glass recycling question at Wokingham council causes a rumpus

A QUESTION about glass recycling caused a wild rumpus in the council chamber when Wokingham Borough Council met on Thursday, February 22.

Resident David Hare wanted to know when the council would start kerbside recycling.

Cllr Norman Jorgensen started his answer by ripping apart a claim in a recent Liberal Democrat leaflet. The opposition party said that the weekly bin collections had been retained as a result of its campaigning.

Cllr Jorgensen said: “It has been the policy of the Conservative group on this council for many years to retain weekly waste collections.

“That is another Liberal myth busted.”

To increasing jeers from Cllr Lindsay Ferris, the Liberal Democrat leader, and colleague Cllr Prue Bray, Cllr Jorgensen then read out a list of Liberal Democrat-run councils that have fortnightly bin collections.

After intervention from the mayor, Cllr Jorgensen then spoke about glass recycling, saying that it needed special collection vehicles with lots of different compartments for different coloured glass.

“Such vehicles would be expensive to buy and operate,” he warned.

Mr Hare complained about Cllr Jorgensen’s reply in his follow-up question, accusing him of lying.

He then asked why the council hadn’t taken the opportunity, when extending recycling of plastics and buying new vehicles for waste collection, to buy ones that could collect glass.

Cllr Jorgensen again said it would be too expensive.

“It all costs a lot of money,” he said.

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Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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  1. The current method of recycling glass in Wokingham js un usable by the elderly and disabled who rely on public transport. If we can’t have a collection we need more bins installed 100 metres of all residents.

  2. Wokingham is the only borough I have ever lived in across the UK that does not have glass recycling. On top of this we have to have permit to use the tip and are limited on the number of general collection bags we are allocated. Has anyone actually noticed outside of the town itself the amount of unsightly fly tipping that is taking place down country roads? Whilst I hate seeing this it can be directly linked back to the council making it difficult at every corner to actually dispose of waste properly. When are the council going to start helping residents as opposed to using every opportunity to penalise us?

    Based on the artlicle above it would appear that a very sensible question turned immeidately in to a opporutnity to undermine each other…..grow up and work together; you are all meant to be there to support your residents. Absolutely disgraceful behavior from all involved.

    The question at hand goes back to how are we going to maintain and improve waste disposal for residents. This is only going to get worse with the council approving every horrific new housing project they can bringing more people into the area without a sustainable infrastructure across pretty much any of the core services.

    We moved here (not into a new build) and intergrated ourselves into the local community….attracted by the standards of living and countryside. Time unfortunately to reassess that I feel.

    1. How much council tax do you want to pay Andy?
      The permit for the recycling centre makes great sense and doesn’t actually make disposing of waste properly any harder at all – if you have so much waste then why should you mind paying to get rid of some of it.
      The same is true with bin bags, what household could possibly need more than 2 a week. If you were as committed to recycling as you purport you’d never use 2

      1. I agree about bin bags. With the latest improvements to plastic collections I only need about one a month. Most of the content is food waste like fruit skins and bones and glass that I cannot transport to the collection points by public transport. If the council collected these I would be happy with a collection every two months. The main items of waste that I cannot get rid of are surplus blue bags

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