Construction work to improve traffic access to re3’s recycling centres in Bracknell and Reading is now complete.
An additional access lane has been added to both sites to improve traffic flow and help staff assess visitors’ items and vehicles more quickly now that the charges for some non-household waste and the commercial vehicle permit scheme have been introduced today (30 September).
Further work at Longshot Lane in Bracknell has seen the relocation of rows of bring banks in the middle of the site; improving traffic flow and making it easier for residents who are not depositing green waste, wood or card to access the lower section of the recycling centre.
The height restriction bars have been replaced by raisable barriers at both sites and the recycling centres will no longer have over-height time restrictions. These new measures have been introduced to help minimise queuing and to allow residents with large vehicles to visit the recycling centres more conveniently.
Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment Cllr Angus Ross said: "Both our recycling centres are well used and popular with residents. The introduction of charges for some non-household waste and the commercial vehicle permit scheme will mean that there will be changes to how re3 area residents access the sites, with each vehicle being assessed on arrival.
"We’ve introduced the new lanes to keep traffic flowing and reduce turnaround time. Our aim is to continue to support residents in recycling more and better while keeping down waste management costs and making essential savings."
Bracknell Forest’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the Joint Waste Disposal Board, Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE said: "We have invested in these upgrades as part of our commitment to providing accessible and efficient recycling facilities for re3 area residents, and they are designed to reduce queuing times at both sites."
Reading’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Liz Terry said: "The structural work has been completed ahead of the introduction of charges for some non-household waste and the commercial vehicle permit scheme, and will support the changes needed to run the recycling facilities more cost-effectively."
More information on the recent changes at the re3 recycling centres can be found on the re3 website.