Waste and Recycling E-newsletter - Spring edition

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Here is what is in your "Recycle for Bracknell Forest" Spring edition.

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  • COVID-19 Update
  • Latest Incentive Scheme News
  • Newbold School Recycling Competition
  • Recycling At Home
  • Easter Recycling Tips
  • Leftover Recipe
  • Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Update

Waste and recycling services during the coronavirus

We are working hard during these uncertain times to keep our essential services running. Our grounds maintenance and street cleansing staff have been assisting the waste collection crews with bin collections. This is helping to ensure waste collections can continue with as little disruption as possible.

Garden Waste

Garden waste collections have been suspended for brown bins and sacks until further notice. This allows us to prioritise green general waste and blue recycling bin collections.

The annual fee covers 25 collections. If your subscription is due for renewal during the suspension, you can choose to renew now, or wait until service is back to normal.

When we are back to normal, any missed collections due to service suspension will be added to the end of paid subscriptions at no additional cost.

Please keep your garden waste at home for now and compost where possible.

Bulky items

Our bulky item collection service is suspended until further notice. Any existing bookings will go ahead as scheduled.

Recycling centres

Recycling centres in Bracknell and Reading are closed until further notice. Visit the re3 website for more information.

We are asking all residents to help us best manage our rubbish. We are working to keep the blue and green bin collections running however items such as small electricals, bulky items and garden waste should be kept at home for now. Please help us keep fly tipping to a minimum so we can focus on maintaining bin collections.

Please check our website for further updates related to the coronavirus.

Latest Incentive Scheme News

CAB Good Causes

Citizens Advice Bracknell & District  received £500 as one of the latest causes to benefit from the recycling incentive scheme’s good causes. They provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone.

The three good causes in the next round of funding to receive a share of the £1,000 pot provided by the council and their waste collection contractor SUEZ are:

Samaritans Bracknell Wokingham and Ascot District

Samaritans is a 24/7 listening service aiming to reduce deaths by suicide. Run entirely by volunteers, it costs £25K a year to keep the branch open.

Meadow Vale Primary School PTA

The money will go towards vital resources to aid the children’s learning.

The Pines PTA

The school always needs funds, at the moment we are saving towards a new library for the school

If you know of a good cause that would benefit from this scheme, you can find out more and nominate them here.

Newbold School Recycling Competition

Newbold School Recycling Competition

The pupils at Newbold School were asked to make something at home from items that would have otherwise been discarded. The items were all displayed in the main hall and categorised into age groups. A winner and runner up were awarded for each age category, picked by Dorothy Hayes, Executive Member for the Environment. There were some fantastic entries including desk organisers made from bottles, bird boxes made from cartons and bags made from t-shirts.

Recycling At Home 

What goes in my bin?

Blue Bin

Bracknell Forest Residents are already keen recyclers. Residents already recycle around 40% of their household waste but we know there are still some items found in the green bins that can be recycled!

Top tips for recycling cardboard

  1. Keep it dry: Once cardboard gets wet or saturated, it becomes extremely difficult and sometimes impossible to recycle, so try to keep it as dry as possible.
  2. Break it down: Flatten cardboard boxes as much as you can. This will conserve space in the recycling bin and make the cardboard easier to transport.
  3. Remove plastic and other contaminants: Be sure to remove plastic, polystyrene, and other contaminants from your cardboard before recycling.

Don’t forget that you can now recycle plastic pots, tubs, trays, clean foil, foil trays and food or drink cartons in your blue bin! Please visit our website for the full list of items you can recycle in your blue bins. Please quickly ‘wash and squash’ recyclable plastics, foil and cartons and remember to and place in the bin loose, NO plastic bags please as these will not be accepted.

Easter Recycling

Easter Egg Packaging

How to recycle egg-cellently this Easter

Check out our top tips for a more recycling friendly Easter;

  1. Your cardboard boxes can be flattened and recycled at home in your blue bin.
  2. If your Easter egg has a plastic case, this can also be recycled in your blue bin.
  3. Did you know that the foil wrapping on your Easter eggs can be recycled? Just scrunch together with any other clean foil and pop in your blue bin.
  4. Try the scrunch test with foil – if it scrunches and doesn’t spring back it’s safe to be recycled in your blue bin. If it scrunches and springs back it has a plastic lining and can’t be recycled, so it needs to go in the green refuse bin.
  5. It’s not just chocolate egg packaging, if you get an abundance of Easter cards these can be recycled in with your blue bin – just rip off any glittery bits. For further information on what can go in my bin please visit our website.

Leftover Chocolate Fridge Cake

A delicious way to use up leftover Easter eggs!

Fridge Cake

This easy to make fridge cake is a great way to use up leftover chocolate Easter eggs, and makes a wonderful afternoon treat! You can also use any other plain type of biscuit, and you can use up any mixture of nuts or dried fruit you might have sitting in your kitchen cupboards


  • 250g digestive biscuits
  • 300g broken Easter eggs (can be mix of dark, white or plain chocolate)
  • 125g butter
  • 150g golden syrup
  • 75g raisins
  • 75g mixed nuts, roughly chopped
  • To decorate a mixture of leftover Easter egg treat


  1. Use parchment paper to line a rectangular dish or tin, leaving extra hanging over the side and then set aside.
  2. Next, place the biscuits in a bag and crush them with a rolling pin and then set aside.
  3. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  4. Add the broken chocolate, golden syrup and butter. Carefully stir until they have melted together.
  5. Remove the bowl from the heat.
  6. Add in the broken biscuits, raisins and the chopped nuts.
  7. Stir well to completely coat everything.
  8. Transfer to the paper-lined dish or tin, using a wooden spoon to push the mixture into all the corners.
  9. Sprinkle sweeties over the top before placing in a fridge to cool for 2-3 hours.
  10. Using the edges of the parchment paper, lift and transfer to a board and cut into slices. Serve and enjoy!

For more leftover food recipes please visit Love Food Hate Waste.

Upcoming Events

Unfortunately, due to the current situation regarding COVID-19 we have had to cancel / postpone some of our upcoming events. Please check our website for up to date information.

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