re3GROW compost, made from recycled garden waste, including material from the re3 area is now on sale at the re3 Recycling Centres. The compost is produced in the UK and provides essential nutrients for healthy plant growth. re3grow compost is available for re3 residents to buy in 40 litre bags and can be purchased at both Recycling Centres, Longshot Lane in Bracknell and Smallmead in Reading directly from the Meet and Greet teams, at £3.50 per bag or with multi-buy discount: 3 bags for £10
You can now recycle plastic pots, tubs, trays, cartons and foil from your home
Plastic pots, tubs, trays, clean foil, foil trays and food or drink cartons are now accepted as part of the kerbside recycling collections across the re3 area. It means that items such as fruit or vegetables punnets, ready meal trays (as long as they are not black), yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, cosmetic pots, foil trays used in takeaways or juice cartons can be placed in the recycling container. To ease the recycling process, residents are kindly asked to quickly wash items to clean off any food and squash them to free up space in the container. The councils will continue to collect paper, cardboard, tins, cans, plastic bottles and aerosols.
Please check the FAQ for more information
Welcome to re3
re3 is the Partnership between Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils and FCC Environment set up to increase the amount of waste that is reused, recycled and composted across the three boroughs and to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill.
The Councils and FCC Environment are working together to provide local residents and business with first-class facilities for recycling and disposing of waste until 2031.
In 2016/17 the re3 partnership managed 192,689 tonnes of contract waste.
During the same period the recovery rate was 82.3%.
To find out more about how the re3 partnership has managed your waste over the last year, please view our Annual Environmental Report.
The recovery rate is a contractual measure of the total amount of waste delivered to recycling, Energy from Waste, beneficial use and composting
Coming to a recycling centre?
You can recycle a wide range of materials at our Smallmead and Longshot Lane Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). We accept glass, metal, paint, batteries, printer cartridges, used engine and cooking oil, asbestos, household items such as furniture, toys, books and CDs, and waste electronic and electrical equipment.
For a full list of materials that our recycling centres accept click here.
Recycling at home
Approximately 75% of the waste thrown away can be recycled – much of it at home. Our Materials Recycling Facility processes the plastic bottles, plastic pots, tubs, trays, paper and cardboard, food tins and drinks cans, clean foil, foil trays and empty aerosols that your council collects from the kerbside.
You can recycle a number of items at your local bring bank recycling sites.
Slim your bin
While recycling is a great thing to do, it is even better to reduce the waste you produce in the first place and reuse as much as possible. Check out our top tips for reducing and reusing waste.
Would you like the chance to win up to £1000 for your school, local charity or community group?
Help to recycle more glass and jars at re3 bring banks and your group will be entered into a prize draw.
There’s individual group prizes of up to £1000 to be won, with 5 winners for each of the re3 council areas – Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham. Entering is easy, simply fill out the short application form here.
In return, we’ll ask your group to make a commitment to glass recycling and to keep up the good work during the 12 months of the campaign that starts in October 2017.
More information available here.
What you need to know before your visit to a re3 recycling centre
Charges for some non-household waste
re3 recycling centres charge for the disposal of the following types of non-household waste: soil and rubble, asbestos, plasterboard and gas bottles. Household waste is still accepted free of charge. Click here to read more.
Commercial and commercial-type vehicle permits
re3 area residents now need a permit for every visit to a re3 recycling centre in a commercial or commercial-type vehicle. It is free to apply for a permit, and should be done online through a link on your local council website.
More information on the commercial and commercial type vehicle permit scheme is available here
A list of non-household waste charges and commercial and commercial-type vehicle permit guidelines are available in our Waste Acceptance Policy.
Please call 0800 988 3023 to get in touch during normal office hours.