The re3 recycling centres on Longshot Lane, Bracknell and Island Road, Reading will reopen next week with a booking system in place. The sites have been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To visit sites, residents will have to book a time slot using a ‘Click and Tip’ service.
The ‘Click and Tip’ online booking system will open at 10am on Friday 15 May. Residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs will be able to book a time slot via the council and re3 websites.
Bookings will be available for slots everyday from 8am to 6pm. Residents can book up to 7 days in advance.
The sites will only be operating at 50% of usual capacity, so please only make a booking if it is essential.
The health of residents and staff is always the highest priority, so everyone visiting the sites must follow traffic signs, staff advice and adhere to the social distancing measures that have been put in place.
To make sure that social distancing is followed, these safety measures will be at both sites:
- limiting the number of vehicles allowed at the site at any one time
- visitors must to keep the appropriate distance from each other, at least 2m apart
- visitors must display their proof of address through closed windows and use contactless payments for transactions if possible
- help for unloading will not be provided by site staff who will be available to direct the public and manage parking
- following Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, must not visit the recycling centres
Things to remember when visiting the re3 sites at Longshot Lane and Smallmead:
- you must make a booking before you visit the site - if you do not having a booking you will be refused entry
- place your proof of address (such as a council tax bill or utility bill) and place it on your dashboard
- arrive at the time of your booked slot
- come in the car for which you made your booking (identified by the number plate)
- plan your visit when loading your car to help minimise the amount of time on site - we will accept all the usual items, including chargeable waste
- please have all your documents available and be aware there may be delays and queues of waiting vehicles
- please be patient and follow the instructions of staff onsite at all times
Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the re3 Joint Waste Disposal Board commented:
“The wellbeing of our residents and staff is our priority and we have been working hard to ensure that re-opening of recycling centres can be done in a responsible and safe manner during these unprecedented times. I am certain that the reopening of our recycling centres will be welcomed as we understand the difficulties people have faced managing their waste at this time, but residents need to realise that it is open at limited capacity and for pre-booked visitors only. We are expecting very high demand for appointments so we are asking residents to be patient and comply with new rules so we can safely deliver this crucial service.”
Cllr Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport and Deputy Leader of the Council, said:
”I welcome the reopening of the recycling centres based on an online booking system and effective traffic control system, supported by other social distancing measures. These give us confidence that sites can operate safely, at the same time providing residents with the opportunity to dispose of and recycle their waste in a responsible manner. We thank residents for their patience during the period that the recycling centres have been closed and ask that they continue to be patient whilst the service is reintroduced. We anticipate that demand will be high, and with limited appointments available we ask everyone to only make a booking and travel to the centres if it is necessary.”
Cllr Parry Batth, Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Leisure, added:
“I welcome this decision, but we should understand this is not a return to normal. Our recycling centres have always been in high demand with many residents praising the ease of use of our facilities. We want to continue to offer our services and as always ask everyone to follow staff advice. We need to ensure continuing access to refuse freighters and other councils vehicles, alongside opening-up the HWRCs. So, new measures are vital to ensure we protect our residents, our staff and to reduce unnecessary queuing near the sites.”
For more information and to book a slot, visit the re3 website.