Recycling bin collection

Put your bin out the night before

Please make sure your bin is out by 6am on your collection day.

We suggest putting it out the night before.

In Bracknell Forest, blue bins are for recycling.

They are collected every 2 weeks.

What goes in your blue bin

Please quickly 'wash and squash' recyclable plastics, foil and cartons to reduce contamination and to free up space

What we can and cannot take in your recycling bin
Yes, please No, thank you
aerosol canisters – empty metal jar lids
books cellophane, plastic film
cans and tins – rinsed food, drink and pet food (labels are OK) crisp bags
card – cereal boxes, corrugated card, egg boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, flattened boxes electrical, electronic equipment and batteries
cards – greetings cards and Christmas cards (without glitter) foil-based wrapping paper
cartons (Tetrapak) – juice, milk and soup cartons food pouches and coffee pods
catalogues, brochures and directories food waste
foil and foil trays (rinsed) glass
junk mail, flyers, letters and envelopes (including window envelopes) metal – cutlery and pots and pans
newspapers and magazines nappies
paper – printer paper (white and coloured) plastic bags
plastic bottles (rinsed) – drinks, milk, toiletry, detergent, bleach plastic toys
plastic punnets and trays – fruit punnets, meat trays plastics which are black (other colours are fine)
plastic cosmetic pots or tubs polystyrene
plastic pots – yoghurt, cream or soup pots textiles – clothes, bedding, duvets
plastic tubs – ice cream and margarine tubs tissues
shredded paper (please put in a small box, paper bag or wrap in newspaper) toothpaste tubes
wrapping paper (not foil based) paint tins

Black plastic is not currently recycled as sorting equipment cannot detect the carbon black pigment. Please put any black plastic in your green general waste bin.

For more information about plastic recycling, visit the re3 website

Glass

We don’t collect glass along with other recyclable items because broken or ground glass makes paper and card unrecyclable.

When the government has passed the Environment Bill there will be statutory guidance on glass collection.  At this point we will assess options for glass recycling. 

In the meantime please take your glass to your local bottle bank.

Report an issue

To report an issue, such as a missed bin, a broken bin, or a missing bin, please visit our bin issues page.

Report an issue

Additional collection

If you missed a bin collection, you may want to request an additional bin collection. There is a charge of £29 for this service.

Request an additional collection