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This Year's Council Christmas Information

Bins, recycling and Christmas trees

As usual, bin collection days will change as a result of the Christmas and New Year holiday period. People can check their collection calendar or bin dates online.

On the first collection after Christmas people can leave out an extra bag of rubbish next to their grey bin, and any extra recycling can be left in a cardboard box next to their red bin or box. Residents are asked to please try to keep any extra recycling put out dry, it helps the Council recycle it more easily.

Garden waste collections will finish as usual for the festive season on December 20th and begin again on January 6th.

Over the Christmas period, we all generate an additional 30% more waste. 70% of this can be recycled. People are being urged to recycle as much as possible.

This year, residents can recycle even more... Christmas cards, wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, clean foil and foil trays, tetra paks, plastic tubs and trays in addition to plastic bottles can go in your red bins. Please put your recycling in your bin or box loose, and not in plastic bags.

Please take your glass bottles and jars to the many bottle banks around Reading to be recycled into glass products, and in some cases house insulation or astro turf. Residents can download free re3cyclopedia app to check for recyclable items or to find their nearest glass banks, and can view their collection days.

Make room for your new presents including clothes and toys by donating old gifts to your local charity shop, extend their life, it could be just the thing that someone else is looking for. Please remember that all textiles and clothes that don't make it to charity, should be put in the textile banks at your nearest textile recycling bank and NOT in your grey or red bins.

Here is a full list of what you can and can't recycle - and where you can do it.

Christmas tree recycling

Christmas tree recycling sites open on January 4th and stay open until January 20th. They will be in car parks at the following locations:

  • Albert Road Recreation Ground
  • Clayfield Copse
  • Hills Meadow
  • Rivermead Leisure Complex
  • Kensington Road Recreation Ground
  • Prospect Park
  • Meadway Recreation Ground
  • Tilehurst allotments, Armour Hill
  • Palmer Park Sports Stadium
  • Whitley Wood Recreation Ground
  • South Reading Leisure Centre (Academy Sport) Northumberland Avenue

There will be no collection point at Mapledurham Playing Fields this year due to resurfacing work in the car park but an alternative collection point is being offered at Albert Road Recreation Ground.

The trees will be chipped by the Council and used in a range of landscaping schemes across the Borough. Residents are being advised not to be alarmed if they see piles of trees as it takes a few days to get round to each location.

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