Longshot Lane - the tip

Important notice - local recycling centre access restrictions

From 1 July only people paying their council tax to Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham can dispose of household waste and recycling at Longshot Lane and Smallmead.

The site operator re3 has sent out permits to every household in these local authority areas. To help minimise delays the permit should be clearly displayed in the front windscreen whenever you visit the recycling centre. Remember if your windscreen has an inbuilt ‘sun shade’ in the top section of the glass it may not be seen from the outside so easily.

These changes might result in some additional delay so please allow a little extra time. Don’t forget you can see how busy Longshot lane is at any time via the re3 website.

If you have not received your permit, have lost it or have just moved into the area you can ask for one by completing the Request a household recycling permit. Your request will be sent to re3 and you should allow ten days for it to be processed.

In the meantime you can still use the facilities provided you take some ID and proof of residence with you. If you are a Bracknell Forest resident and have an eplus card the word ‘resident’ should be printed below the picture. You can use this.

For more information including questions and answers about the changes please refer to the re3 website.

Before your visit

Before visiting Longshot Lane or Smallmead it is important that you visit re3's website for more information about the sites.

Longshot Lane

Residents of the boroughs of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham can recycle and dispose of waste at Longshot Lane and Smallmead.

Longshot Lane
Bracknell
RG12 1RL

Tel: 0800 9883023 (Monday to Friday)

The site is open everyday except Christmas Day, 26 December and New Year's Day:

  • 8am to 8pm - 1 April to 30 September
  • 8am to 6pm - 1 October to 31 March, except for Christmas Eve, when the centres will be open from 8am to 4pm

There is also a waste transfer station for trade waste at the site.

Smallmead

There is also a bigger indoor facility at:

Smallmead
Island Road
Reading
RG2 0RP

Tel: 0800 9883023 (Monday to Friday)

The site is open everyday except Christmas Day, 26 December and New Year's Day:

  • 8am to 8pm - 1 April to 30 September
  • 8am to 6pm - 1 October to 31 March, except for Christmas Eve when the centres will be open from 8am to 4pm

What can I recycle?

Find out what you can recycle at the recycling centres and what happens to your recycling by looking at the re3 factsheets.

Public weighbridges

Weighbridges are available for use by the public and businesses at Longshot Lane and Smallmead. Please visit re3's web page about transfer stations for opening times and further information.

Vehicles above 1.95m and trailers

Vehicles over 1.95m (6ft 4inches) in height (which may include some vans, pick-ups and 4x4s) do not have to pre-book in order to access the household waste recycling centres. Please see re3's web page on trade waste for more information on access times and restrictions.

Bracknell Forest Council's waste disposal contract

Bracknell Forest Council is part of a 25-year partnership contract with neighbouring councils Reading and Wokingham. Residents from all three boroughs can recycle and dispose of waste at Longshot Lane and Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centres.

For more information on the waste disposal contract including the value and length of the contract please see the re3 website.

Further information

There are limits to the amount of certain types of waste that can be disposed of or recycled at these centres. There are also restrictions on vehicles entering the site. This information is available in the waste acceptance policy from re3.

There is no pedestrian access onsite and children under the age of 16 are required to stay in your vehicle for health and safety reasons at all times. In addition, please ensure you wear appropriate footwear and gloves when handling your waste on site.

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