Simply Having a Recycling Christmas Time

Liz Terry
Cllr Liz Terry, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods.

HOUSEHOLDERS are being encouraged to recycle as much as possible over the festive season.

Much of the extra waste created over Christmas, such as packaging, wrapping paper, greetings cards and plastic bottles, can all be put into the red recycling bins and boxes for collection.

Householders can leave extra recycling in a cardboard box next to their red bin or box for the first collection after Christmas. An extra bag of household rubbish will also be collected if it is left next to the householder’s grey bin.

As usual, bin collection days will change over the Christmas and New Year period so people should check their collection calendar or visit

Garden waste collections will finish for the festive season on 23rd December and begin again on 23rd January.

Glass bottles, with their screw caps left on, and jars can be recycled at bottle banks around Reading. Residents can visit to find their nearest recycling sites.

A list detailing what can and cannot be recycled – and where it can be recycled – can be found at Items for recycling should be put loose into red bins and boxes and not in plastic or black bags.

Christmas Tree recycling sites open on 2nd January and stay open until 17th January. They will be in car parks at the following locations:

Mapledurham Playing Fields

Clayfield Copse

Hills Meadow

Rivermead Leisure Complex

Kensington Road Recreation Ground

Prospect Park

Meadway Recreation Ground

Tilehurst allotments, Armour Hill

Palmer Park Sports Stadium

Whitley Wood Recreation Ground

Academy Sports Leisure Centre, Northumberland Avenue

The trees will be chipped by the Council and used in a range of landscaping schemes across the borough. Residents should not be alarmed if they see piles of trees as it may take a few days to collect from each location.

Councillor Liz Terry, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, said:

“Christmas inevitably creates a lot of extra waste at home but a lot of it can be recycled.

“I would urge everyone to think before they bin so that as much waste as possible goes into their recycling bins and boxes.

“We will be collecting an extra box of recycling and an extra bag of rubbish from households on the first collection after Christmas but don’t forget to check the collection day as it will probably be different over the festive period.”

The Recycling Centre, in Island Road, South Reading, is open during the holiday period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening times are 8am to 6pm, except for Christmas Eve, when the centre closes at 4pm.

Visitors are reminded that the re3 recycling centres are open to residents from the Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham council areas only, and that they will need to bring with them their orange residents’ windscreen permit or ID in order to access the sites.

Households across the borough will be receiving letters from the council early in the New Year explaining changes to their bin collections days from 13th February 2017. This will include information for residents who have green bins or bags on how they can pay for the doorstep collection of their garden waste when new charges come into operation on 1st April 2017.

Notes for Editors:

As of September 2016, re3 new charges for the disposal of a small range of non-household waste: soil and rubble, plasterboard, asbestos and gas bottles. Charges have been designed to cover the costs of these items only, and are not being used to generate profits.

Residents wishing to visit the recycling centres in a commercial or commercial-type vehicle now also need a permit to do so. These can be applied for quickly and easily through a link on the Reading Borough Council website. It is free to apply for a commercial and commercial-type vehicle permit, and should be done at least 24 hours in advance of a recycling centre visit.

David Millward

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