West Berkshire Council

Sack Collections

Rubbish and recycling collections for properties with sacks

Some households in West Berkshire use sacks for their rubbish and recycling, the information below relates to these households only. If you have a bin and boxes, please visit our recycling collections page.

We deliver an annual supply of disposable black sacks for rubbish in July or August. Clear sacks for recycling are provided on request, please contact Customer Services to request them.

To get the most from your service:

  • make sure your sacks are ready for collection by 7am on your collection day
  • don't overload your sacks with heavy items
  • don't put liquids in your sacks
  • ensure you only put out waste in the sacks provided by us


You can check what you can recycle in pdf icon our Yes/No Recycling leaflet [8Mb]

Please make sure your recycling is separated out into different sacks. You can recycle paper and card in one sack and all your plastic bottles, aerosols, drinks and food cans can be put together in another sack. Glass cannot be collected in sacks but can be recycled at one of our mini recycling centres.

If you have any problems with your recycling, please check our recycling collections page.

Garden Waste Collection

On 3 September 2018 an annual charge was introduced for the collection of garden waste. If you would like to have your garden waste collected you will need to subscribe to the service. This is an opt-in, paid for service.

The subscription year runs from 3 September 2018 until 31 August 2019.

Please read our pdf icon terms and conditions [106kb] before subscribing to the service. To subscribe to the service please contact Customer Services on 03301 319742.

The annual subscription charges for the 2018/19 collection service are as follows:


Annual Subscription
(if you subscribe between July 2019 and 28 February 2019)

Part Year Subscription
(if you subscribe between 1 March 2019 and 30 June 2019)

1st roll of green sacks

(service charge)

(Service charge)
Cost per additional roll of green sacks

(service charge)

(service charge)


You have the right to cancel your subscription within 14 days without giving any reason. See our cancellation page for more information.

If you've still got questions about garden waste collection, see our frequently asked questions

 If you currently use a kerbside caddy to recycle your food waste, this service will remain the same.

You can request a kerbside caddy by contacting Customer Services.

You can still recycle your garden waste for free by composting it at home or by taking it to one of our recycling centres.

Food waste

If you subscribe to the garden waste service you can put your food waste in your green sacks. If you are not subscribed to the garden waste service, please put food waste in your kerbside caddy.

All food waste should be put in a compostable bag.

You can check what food waste you can recycle on our food waste recycling page.

Who To Contact

Assistance with a range of issues related to council services

01635 551111