Household Recycling Centres

Access to the re3 recycling centres

Commercial and commercial-type vehicle permits

From 30th September 2016 residents from Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham who want to visit a re3 recycling centre in a commercial or commercial-type vehicle will have to apply for a free permit at least a day ahead of every visit. Links to the online application form are on your local re3 partner council website.

Bracknell Forest

Reading Borough Council

Wokingham Borough Council

The issuing of permits for commercial and commercial-type vehicles will help ensure that residents and firms that follow waste disposal regulations do not have to pay for traders that try to dump trade waste for free at re3 recycling centres.

To check if you need a commercial or commercial-type vehicle permit, and for more information, please see our Waste Acceptance Policy.

Charges for some non-household waste

All vehicles will be assessed on arrival at a re3 recycling centre and the following non-household waste items will now incur a charge:

  • Soil and rubble
  • Plasterboard
  • Gas bottles
  • Asbestos

New traffic lanes at both recycling centres’ entrances have been introduced to help minimise queuing while vehicles and types of waste are being assessed.

Charges have been calculated to cover the cost of disposing of these items and are non-profit making. Payment will be by pre-paid, debit or credit card only. A full list of charges is available in our Waste Acceptance Policy.

Councils are entitled to charge for the disposal of this type of waste and in order to produce much-needed savings, re3 has taken the decision to do so. Residents can still dispose of all other household waste without charge at the re3 recycling centres.

For the list of charges for non-household waste, please see our Waste Acceptance Policy.

A reminder about the changes implemented on 1st July 2016

As of 1st July 2016, the re3 recycling centres only accept household waste from people living in the Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham local authority areas.

Residents' permits were sent to households in the re3 area for use when visiting a re3 recycling centre.  Residents should display the permit in their windscreen in order to access the recycling centres in Bracknell and Reading.

However, it's not necessary to have a residents' permit to visit a re3 recycling centre if you live in the re3 area.  Simply bring ID and proof of address on your visit i.e. a photocard driving licnce, council tax or bank statement or credit card bill.

The reasons for these changes

In common with other councils nationwide, the re3 Councils are facing an increase in service demand at a time of extreme budget cuts. Savings made in waste management can be diverted to other frontline council services.

re3 area tax payers should not have to fund the disposal of waste from visitors from other council areas or unscrupulous firms who try to dispose of their business waste free of charge at re3 sites.

Charges for non-household waste will bring re3 in line with other local authorities and contribute to essential savings.

Through the new changes, re3 can offer a fairer, more cost-effective waste disposal service for Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham residents. 

More information

Frequently asked questions

Changes at re3’s recycling centres FAQs

Commercial and commercial-type vehicles FAQs

Charges for some non-household waste FAQs

Other useful information

Do I need a commercial vehicle permit?

How have we communicated the September 30th changes?

How do re3's new policies compare to those of neighbouring councils?

What legislation has been referred to in making the policy changes?

Waste Acceptance Policy

Visitor access changes at re3 recycling centres

re3 strategy 2016/17

Frequently asked questions

Visitor access changes

Residents Permits

Waste Acceptance Policy

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