West Berkshire Council is committed to increasing recycling rates and diverting waste from landfill.
In 2002 West Berkshire Council adopted its 20 year plan for waste management titled A Municipal Waste Management Strategy for West Berkshire [4Mb].
Since then we have been working towards meeting the aims and objectives of that strategy through maximising composting and recycling. Much has happened over the past few years and you will have seen many changes to the waste services. Our recycling levels have more than doubled to around 46% in 2011/12 and we aim to increase this further over the next few years.
The Council was successful in securing government funding of £56 million to help fund the costs associated with an improved waste management service.
A new 25 year waste contract with Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc was signed in March 2008 and improved kerbside recycling services were introduced from June 2008. A new Household Waste Recycling Centre at Newtown Road, Newbury was opened in 2008 making recycling even easier.
The construction of our new Integrated Waste Management Facility at Padworth Sidings was completed and commenced operation in October 2011. This will contribute further to improving our Cleaner and Greener performance.
The Council is working in partnership with our contractor and more information is available on a dedicated website. Please visit the Veolia website for more information.
In 2009 West Berkshire Council signed up to the national commitment to provide good waste and recycling collection services [675kb].