Christmas Opening Hours, Bin Collections and Tree Recycling

News Article


VISITORS and callers to the Civic Centre over the Christmas and New Year period are being reminded of the revised opening hours.

The Contact Centre will be open from 8am to 3pm on Christmas and New Year's Eve. Over the rest of the Christmas break it will be business as normal 8am to 6pm (closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year's days). The 'face to face' service at the Civic Centre will be running from 9am to 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and 9am to 5pm other days, except for Thursday 2nd January, where there will be no late night revenues and benefits 'face to face' service.

The usual out-of-hours emergency telephone service will operate throughout the Christmas and New Year period. The number to call is 0118 937 3737.

The Civic Centre Post Office will be open from 9am – 12.30pm on Christmas Eve and is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On New Year’s Eve it will be open from 9am – 4pm and is closed on New Year’s Day.

Across town, the Museum and Town Hall will be open until 3pm on 24th December. They will then re-open on 2nd January. The Museum and Town Hall building will be closed from 25th December to 1st January.

Christmas Bin Collections

The Council's bin crews will be out collecting on normal working days and some Saturdays over the Christmas period, but not on the Bank Holidays. Residents are advised to check their calendars for revised collection dates or log on to the Council's website at

As usual, people are being encouraged to recycle as much of their Christmas waste as possible, putting cardboard, gift wrap and old cards in the red bins / boxes. People are reminded not to put recyclable rubbish in plastic carrier bags and also to put the right waste in their red bins / boxes - paper and card, cans, empty aerosols and plastic bottles only. Residents can also recycle their household batteries by putting them in a clear, sealed sandwich/freezer bag and leaving them on top of their red bin on collection day.

Reading Borough Council has nearly fifty bottle bank sites where people can recycle all their empty bottles and jars. Details of locations and recycling tips are on the Council's website at

Residents are being asked to make every effort to ensure that their household waste is contained in the grey bin.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Eight million Christmas trees will be bought this year in the UK, most of which will be thrown away generating over 160,000 tonnes of additional rubbish, that’s the same weight as approximately 500,000 reindeer!

When Christmas is over, take your real Christmas tree to one of Reading’s Christmas tree recycling sites. The trees will then be chipped by the Council and will be used in a variety of landscaping schemes across the Borough.

The sites will be open from 2nd to 24th January. They will be in the car parks of the following locations, near to the recycling facilities:

· Mapledurham Playing Fields

· Clayfield Copse car park

· Hills Meadow car park

· Rivermead Leisure Complex (next to recycling area)

· Kensington Road Recreation Ground

· Prospect Park Main Car Park

· Meadway Recreation Ground

· Tilehurst Allotments, Armour Hill

· Palmer Park Sports Stadium Car Park

· Whitley Wood Recreation Ground Car Park

· Academy Sports Leisure Centre, Northumberland Avenue

Please remember to remove all decorations from your tree.

It’s quite normal to see piles of trees at your local recycling site. Don’t worry, they will be collected – it just takes us a few days to get round to each location!

Real christmas trees can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Island Road (off the A33 Relief Road) or can be chopped up and put in green garden waste bags or bins.

Sport and Leisure Centres

Arthur Hill Pool, Central Pool, Meadway Sports Centre and Palmer Park Sports Stadium will be open during the holiday period but closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year's days. Central Pool will also be closed on 28 December. Highdown will be closed from 23 December to 2 January. Please check with each centre for details of holiday opening and closing hours.

Reading Libraries

Reading’s Libraries will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Additionally, all libraries will close 4pm on New Year’s Eve and are closed on New Year’s Day.