re3 recycling centre (the tip)

re3 is a waste management partnership between three councils - Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell Forest. The re3 recycling centres at Smallmead in Reading and Longshot Lane in Bracknell are available for all residents to take items to be recycled, from batteries to bicycles, and mattresses to microwaves.

The re3 recycling centre can recycle, reuse, compost or repurpose almost any item of household waste. Check what you can take to the recycling centre.

Visiting the recycling centre

Opening hours

Find the tip on Google maps

Only people paying their council tax to Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham can dispose of household waste and recycling at the Longshot Lane and Smallmead Recycling Centres.

As of Saturday 1 February 2020, re3 residents' permits are no longer acceptable as valid proof of address.

It is easy to access a re3 recycling centre if you live in the re3 area. Simply show proof of residency with one of the following documents:

  • driving licence,
  • utility bill,
  • current council tax,
  • bank statement or credit card bill.

Credit card bills, bank statements and utility bills should be no more than 4 months old. Photocard bus passes, valid blue badges or resident parking permits are also acceptable if issued by Bracknell Forest, Reading or Wokingham Council.

For full details please see the pdf icon re3 Waste Acceptance Policy [745kb]

Commercial and commercial-type vehicle permits

Commercial or commercial-type vehicles must have a permit for every visit to the tip. These are free. Permits are sent by email only. You must have a valid email address to receive a permit.

Apply for a commercial or commercial-type vehicle waste permit

More information, including a list of the vehicles included in the scheme, is available in the pdf icon re3 Waste Acceptance Policy [745kb]

Charges for some non-household waste

The following items incur a charge when brought to an re3 recycling centre:

  • Soil, hardcore and rubble
  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos
  • Gas bottles

We check all vehicles for chargeable waste on arrival. See the charges for non-household waste here. 

re3 area residents can still dispose of all other household waste free of charge at the recycling centres.

You can also buy re3grow compost from the recycling centre.

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