Decision reached on public litter bins in the borough

28 Oct 2023
The WBC council chamber with councilors preparing for a meeting.

Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive has decided NOT to proceed with proposed reductions in the number of public litter bins in the borough.

The decision, at the executive’s meeting on 26 October, was based on recommendations from one of the council’s overview and scrutiny committees, which had looked at residents’ responses to the council’s formal consultation on the subject.

The committee recommended not proceeding with a reduction in the number of bins, but setting up a task and finish group to explore alternative ways to make savings in the public bin service.

Councillor Chris Johnson, chair of the Council’s Community and  Corporate Overview committee, was invited to the executive meeting to report on the committee's recommendations and answer questions from executive members. 

Stephen Conway, leader of council and chair of the executive, thanked the committee for its recommendations and those residents who had responded to the consultation for their helpful suggestions. 

He said, “This has been a good and constructive process, which has enabled us to reach a way forward that responds positively to public concern about the loss of bins but allows the council to explore creative ways of reducing the cost of the public litter bin service.

“I want to thank all those who responded to the consultation; your input has helped us greatly.”