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Reminding residents of changes to recycling and waste collections over the festive period

Reminding residents of changes to recycling and waste collections over the festive period

08 December 2017
Photo of a recycling lorry in the snow

In the run up to the festive season, Wokingham Borough Council is reminding residents to look out for their copy of the winter edition of Wokingham Borough News, which is being delivered this week to households across the Borough, for more information about Christmas waste and recycling collections.

During Christmas and New Year, residents will experience up to a two day delay on collections before normal service resumes on 15 January. Collections will also begin earlier than normal, and residents are therefore asked to leave their rubbish out the night before a collection. More information can be found on the back page of the magazine.


There are a number of steps that residents can take to minimise waste going to landfill and increase recycling over the period when we traditionally throw more away than at any other time of the year:


  • Purchase paper wrapping paper rather than metallic or plastic-based as these cannot be put in black recycling boxes

  • Buy fruit and vegetables loose, not pre-packed

  • Write a shopping list and stick to it

  • Compost vegetable/fruit peelings

  • Turn vegetable leftovers from Christmas lunch into ‘bubble and squeak’

  • Recycle plastic bottles, paper/card, aerosols and food/drink tins

  • Break down cardboard boxes to save space and ensure they fit in the black recycling box

  • Old, unwanted electrical items can be recycled at re3 recycling centres

  • Chop up your real Christmas tree and take it to a household recycling centre 

re3 recycling centres at Smallmead, Island Road, Reading, and Longshot Lane, Bracknell are open during the holiday period apart from Monday 25 December, Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January. On Sunday 24 December recycling centres will be open from 8am until 4pm.


Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, sports, environmental health, leisure and libraries, said: “Christmas time inevitably sees an increase in the amount of waste we produce but there are plenty of ways we can ensure we recycle as much as possible and minimise the amount of waste going to landfill during this period.


“Old or unwanted items can either be taken to a local charity shop or one of our re3 recycling centres, along with your real Christmas tree, while those who participate in the garden waste scheme can also leave out their chopped-up Christmas trees on their collection day.”


Residents can also find out their Christmas collection dates on the website from 11 December.


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