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Plastic Bags and Wrapping Recycling Trial Expanded to Reach 10,000 Households in Reading

  • Reading households trialling plastic bags and wrapping kerbside collections more than doubles to 10,000
  • Trial is helping reduce Reading's carbon footprint
  • For those not in the trial, soft plastics can be recycled at many supermarkets
Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward and Cllr Karen Rowland-2

Help Keep Reading Tidy In The Great British Spring Clean

  • The Great British Spring Clean runs from Friday 15 – Sunday 31 March
  • People can sign up for free litter picking equipment by joining the Council's RAYS scheme
Recycle week 2023

Christchurch Bridge goes green for Recycle Week

  • Council urges residents to make use of free food waste recycling service to reduce landfill
  • Residents asked to ensure batteries, small electricals and vapes are recycled properly and not thrown away
  • National theme for recycle week is the Big Recycling Hunt highlighting key items often not recycled that should be
One of Reading's electric waste collection vehicles which residents have the chance to name

Revealed! The names of Reading’s waste trucks you’ll see on the streets

  • Reading introduced Berkshire's first electric bin lorry in 2021 and now has five of them
  • Residents and school children have now named the five trucks, with the names printed on them
  • Reading boasts the 4th largest cut in its carbon footprint of all 374 local authority areas in the UK
One of Reading's electric waste collection vehicles which residents have the chance to name

Your Chance To Name One Of Reading’s Electric Waste Collection Vehicles!

  • Reading introduced Berkshire's first electric bin lorry, and now has five for you to name
  • Switch to electric vehicles is part of the Council's commitment to tackling the Climate Emergency
  • Enter your name suggestion online by Monday 26 June

Tips To Help You Make The Most Of Your Garden - Starting Now!

  • Residents offered simple tips to get their gardens in shape for the summer
  • Council's garden waste collection subscription available to remove cuttings, leaves, plants and weeds 
One of Reading's six food waste collection vehicles-2

Council Issues Tips For Food Waste Action Week

  • Advice includes meal planning, food storage and how to find recipes for your leftovers
  • Residents who stopped food recycling are encouraged to restart by ordering new caddies and food bins for free
  • Reading's recycling rate has risen from 34% to 50% since food recycling was introduced
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