West Berkshire Council

Recycling Collections

Collecting your recycling from outside your home

Each household is provided with two green recycling boxes and a reusable bag.  
You can recycle paper and card in one box and glass in the other.  The green bag is used for all your plastic bottles, aerosols, drinks and food cans. 

You can check what you can recycle pdf icon on our Yes/No Recycling Leaflet. [12Mb] 


We collect recycling every fortnight. 

Your recycling boxes and bag need to be ready for collection by 7am on your recycling day.  If you're unsure which day your recycling is collected you can check your bin day online.

Please make sure you return your containers to your property as soon as possible after collection.

If your recycling hasn't been collected for some reason, you should be left a note explaining the problem. 
Reasons might include:

  • large cardboard - cardboard must be flattened and no bigger than 85cm x 45cm
  • Textiles - please put your textiles in a clear sack or labelled bag (no black sacks or charity bags). Textiles should be placed next to your boxes.
  • tops left on plastic bottles - please remove all tops from bottles
  • wrong type of plastic - we only accept plastic bottles in your green sack. pdf icon You can find out why we don't take other plastic materials. [230kb]
  • mixing your recycling materials - please separate the materials into the right containers
  • shredded paper - this shouldn't be put into your green box; it can be composted or reused for animal bedding (or alternatively put in your black bin)

As long as the problem has been sorted out, your recycling will then be taken on your next recycling collection day.
If you have not been left a note, there maybe other issues affecting the service which you can check online

If you need an additional or replacement recycling box or bag you can order a new container online.

If you put your recycling out for collection in clear sacks provided by us, please check our sack collection webpage for more information on your service.