Wokingham residents help Council to devour food waste collection targets

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Residents in Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) have responded incredibly positively to the introduction of a new food waste collection service, with the Greenredeem communications platform being heralded as a key driver to increasing the capture rate of food waste in the Borough.

In the first six months of implementing the food waste recycling service, 2,450 tonnes have been collected for recycling. The Borough has experienced an overall diversion in residual waste of 2,805 tonnes. This puts the Borough well on track to meet its 50% recycling target by 2020.

Greenredeem, WBC and Veolia have worked in partnership since 2012 to motivate their residents to recycle more and recycle right. Through targeted monthly campaigns and weekly activities, Greenredeem provide a digital communications channel to an engaged audience of more the 22k registered households.

To support the roll out of the new food waste collection service in WBC, Greenredeem created a bespoke communications and marketing plan. From January to July 2019 the campaigns focused on three key areas and included targeted messaging:

  • Pre-launch (environmental benefits)
  • Service launch (key service information and how residents could participate)
  • Results (success and thank you to residents)
WBC operates a weekly residual collection, which can make it tempting for residents to simply put all food waste out for collection with general waste. However food waste collections are averaging 1.6kg.hh/wk, which is much higher than expected. The knock-on effect of the communications and awareness raising campaigns have also resulted in an increase in their black box dry recycling service of 482 tonnes.
Going forwards, Greenredeem will continue to work with WBC to provide communications and support to maintain momentum in the service and increase participation. Based on the current trend, WBC will achieve a 7% increase in their overall recycling rate for 2020.

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