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Food waste collections allowed Reading's residents to recycle their turkey and other left over food  this Christmas

Increase in food waste recycling continues as service expands across more Reading households

  • Reading's recycling rate has increased from 34% to over 50%, boosted by food waste recycling
  • More households than ever in Reading will be able to participate in food waste recycling this year
  • The proportion of food waste found in grey bins has dropped from 41% to 23%
re3 Smallmead Recycling Centre in Island Road, Reading, where a fire broke out last week

Fire at re3 Recycling Centre in Reading Highlights Dangers of Throwing Away Batteries

  • Fire last week has led to reminders for residents to recycle batteries and battery-operated products separately
  • Items such as phones, electric toothbrushes, toys and vapes can be dangerous if put in general waste or recycling
  • re3 has suffered 10 fires this year, with batteries being the main cause
Reading waste composition analysis 2022-2

Large reduction in food waste sent to landfill in Reading thanks to recycling initiative

  • Food waste collections have seen overall recycling rates rise from 32% to 50%
  • Proportion of grey bin waste made up of food has fallen from 41% to 23%
  • Tips offered to help residents recycle even more
One of Reading's food waste collection vehicles which residents now have the chance to name

Your chance to name one of Reading’s food waste collection trucks

  • Enter your food waste truck name suggestion online for a chance to see it printed on a vehicle collecting in Reading
  • Reading's food waste trucks are collecting over 2kg of food waste weekly on average from participating households
  • Food waste recycling reduces waste going to landfill, saves money, and is turned into fertiliser and electricity
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
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
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
Food waste recycling is in operation in Reading this Christmas for the first time

Reading’s Residents Set To Recycle More Than Ever This Christmas

  • More Christmas recycling expected in Reading than ever before after food waste recycling was introduced in February
  • Glass bottles of any colour can now be put in any bottle banks that have space
  • Free to use Christmas tree recycling points in place at eleven sites around the borough from 4 to 23 January
Garden waste pic leaves

COVID-19 Pressures Force Garden Waste Collection Pause To Start Two Weeks Early

  • Planned Christmas pause to garden waste collections is beginning two weeks early, on Monday 13 December
  • Decision taken to ensure residual waste, recycling and food waste collections are protected
  • Council aiming for Monday 10 January resumption date
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
Garden waste-4

Green waste collections to remain paused in Reading

  • Green waste collection to remain paused, to be reviewed in two weeks
  • Users of the service will automatically have their subscription extended
  • Subscribers advised to book re3 recycling centre slots if they can't store the green waste at home
Food waste truck

Food Waste Recycling Starts In Reading This Week: Most Residents Will Also Get A New Collection Day

  • Around 80% of residents will have a change in their waste and recycling collection day from this week
  • Change comes in alongside new weekly food waste collections
  • 240l grey bins to be swapped for 140l bins to encourage participation in the scheme and greater recycling