What do I put in each bin?

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.

TypeYes pleaseNo thank you
Recycling (usually red)✓ Plastic bottles (e.g. drinks, milk, toiletries, detergent)
✓ Plastic pots (e.g. yoghurt, cream, snack, soup)
✓ Plastic trays (e.g. fruit punnets, meat/cake trays)
✓ Plastic tubs (e.g. ice cream, margarine, sweets tubs)
✓ Paper and card
✓ Cartons (Tetra Pak) cartons (e.g. juice, milk, soup cartons)
✓ Clean foil and foil trays
✓ Tins and cans (e.g. drink cans, food tins, biscuit or sweet tins – please rinse)
✓ Empty aerosol cans (e.g. deodorant, air freshener, hairspray, de-icer)
✓ Shredded paper (must be contained in a small cardboard box or envelope)
✗ Plastic bags, film and wrapping
✗ Black plastic trays✗ Glass bottles and jars
✗ Kitchen towels, tissues or wet wipes
✗ Food waste
✗ Nappies and sanitary products
✗ Coffee cups
✗Textiles (clothing, bedding, duvets)
✗ Polystyrene
✗ Any other items
Food waste bin – collected from 1 February ✓ All uneaten food, plate or bowl scrapings, out of date or mouldy food
✓ Dairy products (cheese, eggs, and egg shells, yoghurts)
✓ Bread, cakes and pastries
✓ Raw and cooked meat and bones
✓ Raw and cooked fish and fish bones
✓ Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables and peelings
✓Rice, pasta and beans
✓ Tea and coffee bags and grounds
✓ Pet food
✓ Cooking oil – sealed in a plastic bottle and put inside your outdoor food waste bin
✗ Packaging of any kind (including compostable or biodegradable packaging)
✗ Large amounts of liquids such as milk
✗ Garden waste and cut flowers
✗Pet waste, litter or bedding
✗ Any material that isn’t food
General rubbish (usually grey)✓ Non-recyclable rubbish
✓ Nappies
✓ Hygiene waste (incontinence articles, catheters etc.)
✗ Builders rubble
✗ Soil
✗ Hazardous waste
✗ Trade waste
✗ Other clinical waste
Green bin or bag✓ Grass and hedge cuttings
✓ Leaves, plants and weeds
✓ Untreated wood and branches up to 100mm thick
✗ Food waste (including fruit and vegetables)
✗ Treated wood
✗ Turf or soil
✗ Garden furniture
✗ Pet bedding or litter
✗ Gravel or rubble
✗ Trade waste (including waste from a gardener or other contractor working on your property)
✗ Plastic bags and wrappers
If you can’t find the item you want to recycle, use the re3cyclopedia look up or app.

You can be assured we’re working hard to expand the list of what can recycled, please do revisit this page regularly to check for updates.

Clinical and bulky waste

We provide free collections of clinical waste for residents treating themselves at home.

You can also arrange for a bulky waste collection.

Small electrical item collections

Put your item in a carrier bag next to your red recycling bin on your recycling collection day. We will collect one bag per collection. We only take items under 30cm x 24cm. Examples include kettles, toasters, irons, hair dryers, radios and small power tools. Take large items to the recycling centre (the tip) or arrange a bulky waste collection. If the item is in good working condition you could consider selling it or donating it to charity.