Plastic bags and wrapping recycling trial
We are taking part in a trial for the recycling of plastic bags and wrapping.
Around 10,000 properties across the borough have been selected to be part of the trial.
During the trial, plastic bags and wrapping will be collected as part of the normal blue bin recycling collection.
If you live in the trial area, you will get more information and blue collection bags in March 2024.
In Bracknell Forest, blue bins are for recycling.
They are collected every 2 weeks.
What goes in your blue bin
Quickly 'wash and squash' recyclable plastics, foil and cartons to reduce contamination and to free up space.
We can collect dry cardboard boxes which will not fit in your blue bin, provided you have cut them to a manageable size no bigger than your bin.
|aerosol canisters – empty
|metal jar lids
|cellophane, plastic film
|cans and tins – rinsed food, drink and pet food (labels are OK)
|card – cereal boxes, corrugated card, egg boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, flattened boxes
|electrical, electronic equipment and batteries
|cards – greetings cards and Christmas cards (without glitter)
|foil-based wrapping paper
|cartons (Tetrapak) – juice, milk and soup cartons
|food pouches and coffee pods
|catalogues, brochures and directories
|foil and foil trays (rinsed)
|junk mail, flyers, letters and envelopes (including window envelopes)
|metal – cutlery and pots and pans
|newspapers and magazines
|paper – printer paper (white and coloured)
|plastic bags including bin bags
|plastic bottles (rinsed) – drinks, milk, toiletry, detergent, bleach
|plastic toys and rigid plastics
|plastic punnets and trays – fruit punnets, meat trays
|plastics which are black (other colours are fine)
|plastic cosmetic pots or tubs
|plastic pots – yoghurt, cream or soup pots
|textiles – clothes, bedding, duvets
|plastic tubs – ice cream and margarine tubs
|shredded paper (put in a small box, paper bag or wrap in newspaper)
|wrapping paper (not foil based)
Black plastic is not currently recycled as sorting equipment cannot detect the carbon black pigment. Put any black plastic in your green general waste bin.
For more information about plastic recycling, visit the re3 website.
We are not able to collect glass as our sorting facility is not able to separate glass from other materials. Separate containers would be needed for kerbside glass collections, alongside buying additional vehicles and recruiting staff.
When the government has passed the Environment Bill there will be statutory guidance on glass collection. At this point we will assess options for glass recycling.
In the meantime take your glass to your local bottle bank your local bottle bank.
Put your bin out the night before
Make sure your bin is out by 6am on your collection day.
We suggest putting it out the night before.
Report an issue
To report an issue, such as a missed bin, a broken bin, or a missing bin, visit our bin issues page.
If you missed a bin collection, you may want to request an additional bin collection. There is a charge of £32 for this service.
Recycling incentive scheme
When you sign up to the recycling incentive scheme, every time we empty your bin 200 points will be added to your account.
You can spend your points on lots of different rewards including sessions at Downshire Golf Complex and Bracknell Leisure Centre.
Find out more about the recycling incentive scheme.