Recycling at home

Recycling - are you doing it right?

If you live in Bracknell Forest, Reading or Wokingham Boroughs you can recycle the following materials at home through your kerbside recycling collection:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (except black) - FAQ.
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Tins and cans
  • Clean foil and foil trays
  • Empty aerosols

You can put the following items in your recycling bin/box at home:


The “recycling - are you doing it right?” campaign aims to help residents who might be confused about what to put in their recycling bins, by making it as simple as possible. So next time you are about to recycle something at home, ask yourself - am I doing it right? And remember only the items above can be recycled at home in your recycling bin/box.

All recycling collected from the kerbside in Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility at Smallmead, Reading for sorting. We often find items that cannot be reycled in recycling bins/boxes - these items are called contamination.

Contamination in recycling bins/boxes causes problems at the sorting stage, making the machine work harder to sort out recyclables. This means that the sorting machine is running for longer, using more energy and costing more money. Some large items of contamination can also damage the sorting machine, which can lead to expensive repairs and downtime.

Common items of contamination found in recycling bins include plastic carrier bags, glass bottles and jars, textiles, videotapes and food waste. While the sorting machine is capable of removing some of these items, much of the contamination is removed by hand, by the staff working on the sorting machine.

Please do not put your recycling in any type of plastic bag. It's not possible for staff working on the sorting machine to open all plastic bags by hand, which could mean that your recycling effort is wasted.

If you have more questions about what to put in your recycling bin/box, please refer to the FAQs or contact us.

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