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Be aware and take care at your local recycling centre

Recycling centre

Last year, residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs made almost 800,000 visits to the re3 Recycling Centres at Longshot Lane, Bracknell and Smallmead, Reading. Most of these trips are quick and easy, allowing us to recycle materials that would otherwise go to waste.

But Recycling Centres are potentially hazardous. FCC, which operates two re3 Recycling Centres on behalf of Bracknell, Reading and Wokingham Councils, is keen to help residents stay safe on site by sharing advice and warning of some of the risks.

Sort before you visit

Pre-sorting your items at home can help you get in and out of your Recycling Centre quickly and efficiently.

Avoid slips, trips and falls: be aware of your footwear

In summer’s warmer weather, you may be sporting flip flops or sandals – but take care and make sure you are in more suitable footwear when visiting your Recycling Centre. You just don’t know what may have fallen on the ground where you’re walking, or who might drop something heavy, so sensible shoes are a must and bare feet are definitely not allowed!

Follow the signs

On arrival, a member of staff will greet and guide you to the appropriate disposal bays. These are clearly laid out and signed to help you find them.

Keep children and pets in vehicles

With cars and vans driving around, it’s important that children of all ages (from toddlers to teens), as well as pets, stay in your vehicle for their own safety. Children are often keen to be green and help out at the Recycling Centres – but sorting through your materials at home can help to keep them engaged with recycling, as well as stay safe.

Please check the wide range of items that can be recycled before attending site.