140 litre black bin

As part of our programme of activity to increase Reading's recycling rate to 50%, we're swapping 240 litre grey bins for 140 litre bins. Analysis shows that around 18% of the waste put in grey non-recycling bins could have been put in the red recycling bins. Research across the country shows that higher recycling rates are achieved where the residual (grey bin) waste capacity is reduced, because it encourages people to maximise the items they sort for recycling.

Close allOpen all

Why are you changing the size of the bins?

Swapping 240 litre bins for 140 litre bins is part of an initiative to help us increase the recycling rate in Reading.

Analysis of household waste bins in Reading shows that on average 18% of the waste in grey bins could have been put in the red recycling bins. Research across the country shows that higher recycling rates are achieved where the residual ('grey bin') waste capacity is reduced, because it encourages people to maximise the items they sort for recycling. That's why we're swapping 240 litre bins for 140 litre bins.

As well as changing the size of grey bins, we're introducing weekly household food waste collections. These could start as early as October 2020. We will also provide more information about what you can and can't recycle across the Borough.

When will my bin be changed?

The changes to waste services could start as early as October 2020. You'll receive more details nearer the time, including all the information and equipment you would need to take part.

What if the rubbish bin you provide is not big enough?

Our aim is to help all residents use the recycling services available. Your red recycling bin will remain 240 litres. You can order extra red recycling bins if you need them and you will have your food waste bin and kitchen caddy.

The new 140 litre black non-recycling bins will hold around three black sacks of rubbish. This should be enough for most households who recycle all that they can through the fortnightly collections. You'll receive more details nearer the time.

What about residents in flats with limited storage?

Our aim is to help all residents use the recycling services available. We will trial the best way to provide the services for flats. In some types of residence there may be some adjustments needed and we will make any necessary changes on a phased basis. You'll receive more details nearer the time.

What will happen to the old bins?

We are looking at options to reuse or recycle the old 240 litre bins.

Will the there be any changes to the red recycling bin or green garden waste services?

There are no changes to the red recycling bin service - however we will provide you with better information about what you can and can't recycle. You can also use the re3cyclopedia app.

There are no changes to the garden waste service

What do I need to do?

Right now you continue to use your current services and bins. The new services start from autumn 2020 and you will receive all the information and equipment you need to take part nearer the time. If you want to start now you can join in the campaign and help us recycle more! Check what can and can't be recycled.

What can I recycle?

Here's an  easy to use list of what you can and can't put into each bin and for even more information you can also use the re3cyclopedia lookup or app.

In this area

Switch To Normal Mode