‘Tis the season to recycle!

 In the season of goodwill, re3 Councils are encouraging all residents to check the latest information on recycling and aim to have a sustainable Christmas.
The partnership suggests downloading the free re3cyclopedia app to anyone who is in doubt about what can be recycled across Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough.
On average, the area can produce more than 14,000 tonnes of waste in a month, but over the festive period that amount can swell by nearly a third. With the increased volume of waste, re3 reminds residents to check local recycling information and be aware of what can go in the recycling bins and boxes. Lately, there have been some great improvements to the council’s kerbside recycling services, giving residents opportunity to recycle much more festive packaging, including plastic sweet tubs or mince pie foil cases. In addition, Wokingham Borough residents can recycle any leftover Christmas food, for the first time.

Residents of the re3 area can bring additional recycling and waste to one of the re3 Recycling Centres: Longshot Lane in Bracknell or Island Road in Reading. Following last year’s January sales and Christmas presents, re3 residents brought to the recycling sites: 37 tonnes of fridges and freezers, 22 tonnes of TVs and laptops and 96 tonnes of kettles, toasters and other small electricals for recycling. This year, re3 encourage residents to also use the Reuse or Donation area and place there unwanted items in reusable condition such as: furniture, plastic toys, glassware, small electricals or CDs so they can be rehomed or sold locally, supporting the Sue Ryder charity.

Both sites are open every day 8am – 6pm, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Sites are also closing early at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Top Christmas items that can be recycled at home:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays including sweet tubs
  • Aluminium foil, including turkey roasting trays and mince pie cases

Top Christmas items that can be recycled at the recycling banks or recycling centres

  • Clothes
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Small electricals

Santa’s naughty list:

X Black trays

X Foil based wrapping paper

X Polystyrene

X Wet paper