Recycling

Rubbish is not necessarily rubbish. Something you might throw away can be useful to someone else, or can be processed into something new.
If we take a little time to sort out our rubbish, we are doing our bit to cut down on waste. Here’s what you can do in the Baker Street area:

  • Sort out your glass bottles
    Take them to the bottle bank at the corner of Baker Street and Howard Street
  • Collect your unwanted shoes, put a pair in a bag
    Take them to the shoe bank at the corner of Baker Street and Howard Street
  • Separate your cardboard packaging and put it in the red recycling bins for collection

Detailed list of recycling options

Aluminium Foil Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Asbestos Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Household batteries Put in a clear bag on top of your red bin on collection day
Beds and furniture Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP The council can arrange a collection, but they will charge you for it.
Bicycles Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Books Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free.
Bric-a-brac Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free.
Brita Water Filters Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Business Waste Has to be paid for disposal
Cans Can be recycled in a red bin Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Cardboard and Cards Can be recycled in a red bin Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Carpet Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Cars The council operates a vehicle surrender scheme.
Cassettes/CDs Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free.
Chemicals Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Clinical Waste Contact council for a confidential collection
Clothing and Shoes Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be put in the disposal containers at the junction of Howard Street and Baker Street. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Composting Consider a composter
Computers Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Cookers Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP The council can arrange a collection, but they will charge you for it.
Cooking Oil Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Drink Cartons etc. Can be put in other disposal containers such as Rivermead, Palmer Park and Tilehurst Triangle
DIY Waste Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
DVDs/Videos Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Electrical Items Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Envelopes, paper Can be recycled in a red bin
Envelopes, other Cannot be recycled
Fire Extinguishers Send back to original supplier / manufacturer, or follow instructions on packaging
Fluorescent Tubes Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. (max 3 tubes / trip)
Food Waste Compost
Furniture Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP The council can arrange a collection, but they will charge you for it.
Garden Waste Put in green bin / compost
Gas Bottles Send back to original supplier / manufacturer, or follow instructions on packaging
Glass Can be put in the disposal containers at the junction of Howard Street and Baker Street. Can be put in other disposal containers such as Rivermead, Palmer Park and Tilehurst Triangle Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Hardcore & Rubble Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP Small quantities only. Otherwise hire a skip
Junk Mail Can be recycled in a red bin
Light Bulbs Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Litter Use street litter bins
Medicines Return to pharmacist or doctor
Metal, bulk Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP The council can arrange a collection, but they will charge you for it.
Mobile Phones Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free.
Newspapers Can be recycled in a red bin
Oil (from vehicles) Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP up to 10 litres
Paper Can be recycled in a red bin
Paint Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP Small quantities only
Pallets Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Phone Directories Can be recycled in a red bin
Plant Pots Give them to a gardener!
Plastic Bags Cannot be recycled Reuse or return to store
Plastic Bottles Can be recycled in a red bin (tops go in grey bin)
Plastics (other) Cannot be recycled
Printer Ink Toners Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Send back to original supplier / manufacturer, or follow instructions on packaging Also Staples
Records (vinyl) Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free.
Shoes Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Spectacles Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP or optician
Tetrapaks Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP Can be put in other disposal containers such as Rivermead, Palmer Park and Tilehurst Triangle
Tools Contact charity shops – if there’s enough, they may collect it for free. Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Trees Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP Branches ≤ 100mm thick go in green bin
Tyres/inner tubes Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP Small numbers only
Water Filters-Brita Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
White Goods Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Windows Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP
Wood Can be taken to Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, RG2 0RP

See the Reading Borough Council website for further information on recycling in Reading.

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