Wokingham Borough Council have primary responsibility for providing refuse collection and recycling for residents of Earley. These services are supplemented by Earley Town Council and a number of voluntary organisations.


Blue Bin Bags 

WBC supply 80 official branded Wokingham Borough Council  blue bin bags per year for each residence to use to dispose of household waste. No other bag or wheelie bin will be emptied. The bags are delivered in February or March each year. 


If you have 5 or more people in your household you are entitled to additional blue bin bags if you need them.


If you run out you can also  purchase more blue bin bags - £4.40 for 10 blue bin bags. These can also be purchased directly from the Earley Town Council Helpshop (cash or cheque only).


Garden Waste 

Wokingham Borough Council offer a chargeable, fortnightly, garden waste collection service. They provide a 240-litre brown wheelie bin which is collected fortnightly. Details can be found on their website.


Alternatively, 75-litre compostable garden waste sacks can be purchased directly from the Earley Town Council Helpshop – £1.10/each (cash or cheque only. They can also be purchased online then collected from a number of hubs.


Waterproof Recycling Bags 

WBC supply two 60-litre green waterproof recycling bags for each residence to dispose of recycling waste. Recycling bags are collected from each household once a week from the edge of your property on the same day as blue bin bags - find collection days


If you’re new to the area or need more recycling bags you can order recycling bags online or collect them from the Earley Town Council Helpshop.

To find out what you can recyclein the bags click the link.


Food Waste Bags 

Your food waste collection will be on the same day as your rubbish and recycling. Read the food waste recycling leaflet (PDF document) to find out what you can recycle in your food waste caddy. Food waste bags can be collected from the Earley Town Council Helpshop, or from participating locations.


WBC encourage residents to also consider lining their caddies with other plastic bags, newspaper or kitchen towel, or leaving their caddy unlined.More details can be found on this website. 


Dog Waste Bags 

Dog Waste Bags for use by responsible dog owners are available free of charge from the Town Council Offices, for residents of Earley. Dog Bags can be placed in any bins in the Wokingham Borough, as separate dog bins have now been removed. Earley Town Council maintains dog bins within its own Parks and Open Spaces. 



 re3 Recycling Centres

The access to the two re3 Recycling Centres is only for residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs. Please bring an official document which identifies you as a resident of re3.  Before visiting the centres, you must book a slot in advance, this can be done up to 7 days in advance, to a maximum of 1 hour before the appointment. This can be done on the ‘Click and Tip’ website.


Acceptable forms of ID include: 

  • Driving licence 
  • Current Council Tax bill 
  • Utility bill* 
  • Bank or credit card statement* 
  • Bracknell Forest resident E+ card 
  • Photocard bus pass issued by a re3 council 
  • Valid blue badge or residents parking permit issued by a re3 council 

More information can be found on the re3 website.


re3cyclopedia App

The app is available on both Apple and Android devices and is designed to help you find the nearest and fastest way to recycle hundreds of items. All you need to do is enter the details of the item and your postcode and the app does the rest.


It has several additional features too, including:

  • Check your general waste and recycling collection dates
  • Report missed bins
  • Apply for a commercial permit to the recycling centres
  • Receive news and event updates

More information can be found here.



Ali’s Recycling 

Ali’s Recycling raises money for local charities by collecting certain items of rubbish, which cannot be recycled in regular waste collections.  


Residents can bring along bagged up items of recycling to the Town Council offices during office hours, which Ali’s Recycling will then collect. 


All you need to do is:

  1. Read Ali’s Recycling leaflet for details on the specific types of recycling that can be deposited 

  2. Bag up your items of recycling (rinsing out any containers, etc.) 

  3. Bring your bag to the Town Council offices during office hours (9.00am to 4.30pm) and place it in the bin provided in the Helpshop. 

For any Facebook users, further information can be found on Ali’s Recycling facebook page at: 




TerraCycle run a number of schemes to recycle the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. They partner with individual collectors, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. More details can be found on the TerraCycle website. 



Soft Waste Plastics 

To find your nearest recycling facilities for carrier bags, bread bags and other recyclable plastic packaging listed below, use this handy Recycling Locator tool. 



Hard Waste Plastics 

The rigid plastic recycling trial will enable residents visiting re3 Recycling Centres to recycle a variety of previously non-recycled rigid plastic items such as: plastic buckets, crates, bins, storage boxes, garden furniture, pipes, toys or plastic plant pots. Please see the infographics for acceptable and unacceptable items. 



Earley Environmental Group 

The Earley Environmental Group have produced a comprehensive guide on what can be recycled and where across Earley. There are three pages of information – the first is a list of items, the second is a list of the recycling points in and around Earley and the third is a list of TerraCycle collection points. 


A link to their list can be found on the Earley Environmental Group website. 



Recycle Now

Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) and used locally by over 90% of English authorities. Their website has a useful search function that can be used to discover your nearest recycling centre, or locate where you can recycle a specific item.



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