Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1BN
Tel: (0118) 974 6000 Email: CEM@wokingham.gov.uk
Wokingham Borough Council’s Shute End offices will be one of several locations residents can get waste
and recycling items if they’re running out during lockdown. Woodley and Earley libraries will also reopen
this week to provide these essential items to residents.
Shute End will be open under restricted days and hours, Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and with
Covid-19 safe restrictions to allow residents to access essentials for these services only. The libraries in
those areas will open on different weekdays (further information below) and this is only to provide
waste items – library services will not be available.
This opening began this week and is to help distribute items relating to our waste and recycling
collection services only. It includes collecting pre-ordered blue bags and garden waste sacks, as well as
picking up food waste caddies (indoor and outdoor) and food waste caddy liners only. Those purchasing
blue bags or garden sacks will need to pay in advance on our website and then bring the receipt with
The only entry point for residents will be via the main entrance off Biscoe Way. It will be on a one in one
out basis. Distancing signage will be in place to ensure residents and staff can be kept safe.
If you do not live or work near one of our open locations, residents are now also able to order a delivery
of blue bags via our website. These will be paid for online and then delivered within 10 working days.
This process also applies for any residents wanting to purchase brown garden waste sacks. Residents are
encouraged to use Shute End or other locations above if they can.
Other locations are currently open for collection of waste and recycling items only with distancing
measures in place. These locations include:
• Lower Earley library (RG6 5HZ) – open Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm
Date: 16 November 2020
Issued by: Connor McLoughlin
Issue No: 233/20
Version: 1.0
Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1BN
Tel: (0118) 974 6000 Email: CEM@wokingham.gov.uk
• Woodley library (RG5 4JA) – open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 9:30am to 5pm (7pm on
• Ryeish Green Sports Hub, Hyde End Road, Ryeish Green RG7 1ER – open Monday to Friday 9am
to 3pm (term time only)
• Rogers Hardware, 25 Greenwood Rd, Crowthorne RG45 6QX (blue bags and garden waste sacks
Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, including waste and recycling, said: “If
you’re out of blue bags or urgently require any garden sacks please remember to pay in advance and
bring your receipt for collection. Only visit the office if you are out of bags or these items are essential
for you to continue to use our waste and recycling service, otherwise residents should avoid visiting.
Remember we are in a national lockdown so only visit Shute End if it’s essential.”
We encourage residents to use the food waste service, and residents who wish to start this who do not
live near any of the locations listed above, should email customerservice@wokingham.gov.uk providing
their full address. They should make clear whether they would like a black outdoor container and/or an
indoor food waste caddy. Then delivery will be arranged within 10 working days.
Cllr Batth added: “Providing the ability to pay online and have blue bags or garden sacks delivered will
allow us to support residents who are vulnerable or choosing to stay at home during this time. We know
this is a time of year when some people will need more blue bags, so we are continuing to adapt our
services to serve our residents safely.”
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Further information:
1. More from Cllr Parry Batth via parry.batth@wokingham.gov.uk
2. Alternatively, contact the council’s communications, engagement and marketing team on