Royal Borough residents are being asked not to worry if their bins are collected a bit later than usual from the end of this month.

A new company Serco will be taking over the weekly waste and recycling collections in the borough from Monday, September 30.

Collection days will stay the same but some bins may be collected a bit later - or earlier.

Cllr Gerry Clark, lead member for sustainability, waste services and economic development, said: “We are working hard to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum as we move our waste and recycling contract over to Serco.

“However, we know that not all residents may realise that we are changing supplier, so please do let your neighbour know that bin collection days are not changing but the time of collection might.”

If a bin still hasn’t been collected after 4pm on the day it is normally due for collection it may have been missed. Residents can report a missed bin on the Royal Borough website, leave the bin out for 48 hours after it has been reported and the crew will be back to pick it up.

Serco is planning new initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions and increase recycling rates.

One new initiative is the introduction of a small electrical item and battery collection service which starts on Monday, September 30. Residents can leave small electrical items in one small bag and a separate bag for batteries next to their bins on collection day for recycling. For further information see the council'swebsite.