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Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading's Lead Member for Environmental Services and Community Safety, out collecting bulky items with Reading's waste team

New free bulky waste collection service begins

  • Reading households can now book a free bulky waste collection every six months
  • New free service will assist residents to dispose of large items and reduce number of trips needed to the re3 centre
  • £250,000 annual investment will also help to discourage fly tipping
Weed control

Council trials weed control alternatives

  • Trials starting today in south Reading along Northumberland Avenue
  • Several alternative ways to control vegetation on roads and pavements
  • Methods include the use of vinegar and steam
Emmer Green Brownies litter picking

Sign up for the Great British Spring Clean for a cleaner, greener Reading

  • The Great British Spring Clean from 25 March to 10 April
  • People can sign up for litter picking equipment by joining the Council's RAYS scheme
Garden waste green bin

Garden Waste Collections Resume Next Week In Reading

  • Garden waste collections to resume in Reading from Monday 7 February
  • Pause was necessary to protect essential collection services during highest impact of COVID-19
  • Residents to receive extension to their subscription for weeks missed
School children at Portman Road Playground-2

Portman Road play area transformation complete

  • A £94k investment has been made to refurbish the playground and games area at Portman Road
  • Children of all ages and abilities can now benefit from play area and follows a number of playground improvements made in 2021 by the Council
Garden waste Christmas tree 2

COVID-19 Pressures Force Garden Waste Collections To Remain Paused

  • Garden waste collections remain paused to protect essential waste collection services
  • Christmas trees can be taken to 11 free council collection sites around Reading
  • Garden waste subscribers will receive an extension to their collection period to compensate for weeks lost
Three members of the Reading Borough Council Recycling & Enforcement team (l-r) Jonnelle Phoenix-Roach, Holly Tough and Daniel Moore

800 fixed penalty notices in two years highlights council’s tough stance on fly-tipping and littering

  • Council's specialist team has issued over 800 fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping and littering offences in just two years
  • Fine income has been reinvested in CCTV to help combat fly-tipping further
  • Council sends message to fly-tippers that they will be caught and punished
Graffiti 2

Council Pledges Purge on Graffiti

  • Up to 500 additional pieces of graffiti set to be removed under new Council policy
  • Local communities to be supported to take action in their neighbourhoods
  • £75,000 investment will help make Reading's residential areas more attractive to live in
Youths drinking image-2

Reading Borough Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team To Mark UK’s First ASB Awareness Week

  • Reportable app launched to allow residents to report anti-social behaviour more easily
  • Move aims to support victims and make people feel safer in the Borough
  • Council's ASB Team works closely with Thames Valley Police around issues such as drug activity, exploitation and threatening behaviour
Pub release pic

Reading Pubs To Show England Games Only For Fans Who Book In Advance

  • Vast majority of Reading's pubs will be pre-bookings only for England matches
  • Reading Borough Council, Thames Valley Police and Pubwatch are urging fans to contact venues in advance to book a place or face disappointment
Jason is supporting the 'Love Your park' anti-littering campaign. Photo taken in Prospect Park.

Council Launches ‘Love Your Park’ Anti-litter Campaign

  • 'Love your Park' aims to encourage people to put litter in the bin or take it home – and will promote three quick ways to report full bins for emptying.
  • The increase in litter in Reading's parks last year compared to the year before was roughly equivalent to 75 bull elephants or 250 cars!