Weekly food waste collections begin from 1 February. Collection days will also change for most homes in Reading. Find out more about changes to waste services.
Our garden waste collection service restarted on Monday 27th April 2020. We collect green bins and reusable bags from households every two weeks except for a 2 week period at Christmas.
We will collect a maximum of 2 containers per property. The charge covers the collection of both containers.
If you don’t already have a green bin or bag, there is a charge for the supply of the green bin (£54.65) or bag (£12.30).
Please see our Terms and Conditions for further information.
Find information about what you can put in your garden waste bin or bag.
You can also take garden waste to the recycling centre free of charge.
How do I order an additional or replacement green bin or bag?
What if my green bin collection is missed?
How do I leave the service?
Can food waste go into the garden waste bins?
What happens to my garden waste?
Leaves from other peoples’ or council-owned trees can fall onto my property – can I get these collected for free?
How do I compost?
You can order an additional or replacement bin (£54.65) or bag (£12.30) here. The price of the green bin includes a £15 delivery fee. We will collect a maximum of 2 garden waste containers per property.
If your collection is missed, you must report it before midnight the following working day.
Freezing weather causes green waste to get stuck in overfull bins. This sometimes preventing us from emptying them. You can help by:
If you can keep the garden bin in a garage or shed, this will reduce the chances of the contents freezing.
You can request to opt out of the service at any time. No refund will be payable.
You can compost your garden waste at home. Visit http://www.getcomposting.com for information and advice. You don’t have to buy a compost bin but special offers are available at http://www.re3.getcomposting.com.
re3grow is a peat-free compost, made from recycled garden waste. It is available to buy at the recycling centre.
You can also take your garden waste to the recycling centre free of charge.
Green bins are only for garden waste such as leaves, twigs, grass cuttings and dead flowers. The composting facility where the contents of the green bins are taken can only process garden waste. Check what goes in each bin.
Our garden waste is treated at a licensed composting facility. It is processed into compost in long heaps called windrows. The finished product meets the UK standards (PAS100) and can be used as compost on farms (30 mm) and in gardens (10 mm).The garden version, re3grow, is available for residents to purchase during spring and summer months at re3 recycling centres.
We are unable to offer free collections or free garden waste bins or bags. This includes leaves from other peoples’ or council owned trees falling onto your property.
If you would like to recycle your fruit and vegetable peelings, you can purchase a reduced price home compost bin.