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You can now recycle more than ever from your home

Blue recycling bins

re3, the waste management partnership for Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough councils is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to the recycling collection service for its residents.

As of today (Monday 12 February), household plastic pots, tubs, trays, clean foil, foil trays and food or drink cartons are 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.

Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Bracknell Forest’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the Joint Waste Disposal Board says:

“This is fantastic news for our residents and we hope the changes will make recycling easier and less confusing. We estimate that almost 2,000 tonnes of pots, tubs and trays can be collected from the re3 households each year. This will give us potential to divert that amount of plastic from landfill and recycle it into new products such as plastic bottles or clothing. With this enhancement we can certainly tackle our waste more effectively and better protect the environment.”

Cllr Liz Terry, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods commented:

“We have listened to our residents and simplified our recycling service as much as possible. Plastic containers, clean foil or food and drink cartons are so commonly used in our households and we are confident these changes will be welcomed. To make sure that our recycling efforts are not spoiled, we would be grateful if you could keep your recycling clean, dry and loose. Items that contain left over food and drink cannot be recycled and could ruin the quality of other items.”

Cllr Norman Jorgensen, Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, added:

“Our residents are doing a great job in recycling but we know we can do better. On average half of the items we throw away can be recycled so we encourage everyone to think before throwing something away as it might be recycled instead. Even one more item a day can saves us a lot of money that might otherwise help to fund essential services. There is a lot of information available about what we can recycle from home – if you are not sure please check the re3 or your council website.”

The leaflet showing the new items, the explanatory letter and additional information about the importance of recycling has been shared with all re3 residents by post.

Below is a full list of items that can be currently recycled in the re3 area:

  • plastic pots, tubs and trays (new)
  • cartons from food and drinks (new)
  • clean foil and foil trays (new)
  • plastic bottles
  • newspapers, magazines, paper and junk mail
  • paper and cardboard
  • tins and cans
  • aerosols

There are still some plastic items that you can’t add to your household recycling collections. These include:

  • black plastic pots, tubs or trays
  • plastic carrier bags, including bin liners
  • plastic film
  • bubble wrap
  • polystyrene
  • plant pots
  • plastic toys or plastic furniture

Top tips for easy recycling

Please follow these tips for easy recycling:

  • plastic pots, tubs and trays, clean foil, foil trays, food and drink cartons can now be placed in the same container as plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, aerosols, tins and cans
  • all items should go in loose into recycling container - please do not put them in any type of plastic bag
  • please rinse your containers out with used dishwater before recycling, to prevent food contaminating the other materials
  • remember that you can recycle items from all over the house, not just the kitchen

More information on recycling, including the list of all items that can be recycled and an FAQ about the changes is available now.

You can also visit the re3 website or search @re3recycling on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram for more details.