The waste recycling centre at Padworth should be upgraded to accept all general waste by early next year.
A number of questions about the Padworth centre and the newly-introduced waste permit scheme were asked during Thursday’s executive meeting.
One of these was when the Padworth centre would be expanded to accept general rubbish, as it is only used for recycling at present.
This has been increasingly important for residents living in the east of the district since they were prevented from using the Smallmead site in Reading earlier this year.
That came after West Berkshire Council halted its annual £460,000 contribution to the RE3 Waste Partnership – which operates Smallmead – as part of cost-saving measures.
But it means that West Berkshire residents can only now use the Newtown Road recycling centre in Newbury for disposing of general waste, which for those living out towards Theale and Burghfield means a round trip of almost an hour by car.
Dominic Boeck, the council’s executive member for environment, confirmed that the contractor for the recycling centres, Veolia, had submitted the necessary planning applications to upgrade Padworth.
He said: “It costs an awful lot of money to dispose of waste properly and safely.
“Every £100 of taxpayers’ money that we spend, £14 goes on waste.
“The applications have been submitted and are presently undergoing validation, so we anticipate after the plans have been completed that we’ll be able to take general waste at Padworth in the first quarter of 2017, subject to approval.”
Also raised was the cost of the waste permit scheme, which was introduced in West Berkshire on September 26.
Liberal Democrat group leader Alan Macro asked how much the permit scheme cost the council to implement, which was revealed to be £33,300.