03:35AM, Thursday 17 January 2013
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have put plans in motion to expand the green waste collection scheme.
Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has grown and reached its capacity of 10,000 homes, forcing the council to close it to new subscribers.
But a report due to be presented at Thursday's cabinet meeting will propose the introduction of two more Saturday collection rounds. This will include 1,400 more homes.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said the proposal to expand the service was in response to popular demand.
He also discussed the possibility of launching a service for collecting commercial food waste, and buying a new vehicle to deliver both services.
He said: "It is the borough’s commitment to recycling as much of our waste as possible, so we have been exploring expansion options to this very popular service.
"We believe this would be a very effective use of public money."
If cabinet gives the proposal the go-ahead, £37,000 will be invested by the borough to buy new green wheelie bins.
Introducing the service to these additional homes could result in an additional 450 tonnes of green waste a year, diverting waste from black wheelie bins.
In addition, the council have frozen the annual fee for the collection scheme at £31 for 2013/14 (£57 for 2 years).
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