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Have yourself a recycle-friendly Christmas!


This Christmas is the first one that residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham can recycle all their plastic pots and tubs as well as foil. That means all re3 residents have the opportunity to recycle the packaging from Christmas favourites such as plastic sweet tubs or mince pie foil cases.

As the countdown to Christmas has officially started, we are encouraging all residents to make this year’s festive season as recycle-friendly as possible by filling recycling containers with all dry and clean recyclable items, such as cardboard packaging, paper and plastic food containers. Any glass and jars should be taken to the glass banks and items such as batteries or Christmas lights should be brought to the recycling centres which are open every day with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. 

Anyone who is in doubt about what can be recycled, is invited to use the free app – re3cyclopedia, which is available from App Store or Google Play Store.

Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the Joint Waste Disposal Board recommends re-thinking our Christmas wrapping:

“The average household will get through four rolls of wrapping paper over the Christmas period. Wrapping paper appears to be one of the most confusing items for recyclers and to ensure its recyclability, we ask residents to do a scrunch test - if it stays in a ball once scrunched it can go in your recycling. To make our Christmas more recycle-friendly, I suggest using plain brown parcel paper (which you can decorate) tied with cotton ribbon or string that not only saves money and is recyclable but also adds charm to our gifts.”

Top dos and don’ts for Christmas waste

If you are in doubt, download our brilliant app – re3cyclopedia via App Store or Google Play Store – to check for recyclable items.


Do – flatten and remove all plastic inserts and polystyrene before recycling.

Don’t – let it get wet. Only dry cardboard can be recycled.

Christmas cards and envelopes

Do – recycle if the cards and envelopes are made of paper.

Don’t – recycle if they are covered in glitter or plastic, dispose of in the general bin.

Wrapping paper

Do – remove all bows and ribbons and do the ‘scrunch test’. After unwrapping presents, scrunch it – if it stays in a ball once scrunched it can go in recycling.

Don’t – please don’t put it in your recycling if it doesn’t stay scrunched; pop it in the general bin.

Glass bottles and jars

Do – rinse glass bottles and jars and put them in the glass banks.

Don’t – take their lids off, the lids help them to be easily sorted and recycled separately.

More Christmas recycling advice can be found in the interactive re3 Advent Christmas calendar.