The recycling centre

Residents need to book a time slot to visit using Click and Tip online booking.

Booking a slot at the recycling centre

  • Bookings are available on a rolling 7 days basis. You can reschedule or cancel your appointment up to 3h prior your visit to let someone else rebook your slot
  • Please ensure your email address is typed correctly as this is how you will receive a confirmation
  • Check your spam folder if no email arrives (you should also get a reminder before your visit)

re3

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 magazines to microwaves.

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

Visiting the recycling centre

Visiting is by appointment only.

Reading facility

Smallmead Recycling Centre
Island Road
Reading
RG2 0RP

Opening times (booking required)
Open 7 days a week
08:00 – 18:00 (1 October – 31 March)
08:00 – 20:00 (1 April – 30 September)

Please note: Site closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Bracknell facility

Longshot Lane Recycling Centre
Longshot Lane
Bracknell
RG12 1RL

Opening times (booking required)

Open 7 days a week
08:00 – 18:00 (1 October – 31 March)
08:00 – 20:00 (1 April – 30 September)

Please note: Site closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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.

On your visit please bring  one of the following documents:

  • Driving licence
  • Current Council Tax bill
  • Utility bill*
  • Bank or credit card statement*
  • Photocard bus pass issued by a re3 council
  • Valid blue badge or residents parking permit issued by a re3 council

*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 re3 Waste Acceptance Policy.

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.

re3 trade waste service

re3 operates a trade waste service for small local businesses at the recycling centres. Registered businesses are able to take full advantage of the convenient local facilities to dispose of their commercial waste and maximise recycling.

The trade waste service is available to micro-sized businesses operating in the re3 area of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils who produce small amounts of waste of a similar nature to householders.

The key benefits of the scheme include:

  • Access to the re3 sites in Reading and Bracknell, Monday – Saturday, at the standard opening times
  • A convenient payment structure based on estimated weights and charges per bag
  • The opportunity to recycle as much of your business waste as possible locally and at affordable rates
  • Fulfilment of Duty of Care and waste carrier licence responsibilities to ensure small business waste is managed compliantly

Find out more, and complete our online application form.