Longshot Lane - the tip

Important notice - changes to the re3 recycling centres from 30 September

Commercial and commercial-type vehicle permits

Residents from Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham who visit an re3 recycling centre in a commercial or commercial-type vehicle (this includes vans, pick ups and vehicles with trailers) will have to apply for a free permit at least a day ahead of every visit. A full list of the vehicles requiring a permit is available in re3’s Waste Acceptance Policy.

Apply for a permit (please note that this form is on Reading Borough Council's website but should still be completed by Bracknell Forest residents). Your permit will be emailed to you.

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.

Charges for some non-household waste - all vehicles

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

  • soil and rubble
  • plasterboard
  • gas bottles
  • asbestos

Charges have been calculated to cover the cost of disposing of these items and are non-profit making. Payment can be made on site by pre-paid, debit or credit card only. A full list of charges is available in re3’s Waste Acceptance Policy.

Residents can still dispose of all other household waste free of charge at the re3 recycling centres.

Recycling centre residents’ permits

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

re3 has sent out recycling centre residents’ 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.

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 form. 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 please visit 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, trailers and pick-ups

Vehicles over 1.95m (6ft 4inches) in height (which may include some vans, pick-ups and 4x4s) may 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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