Waste and Recycling E-newsletter - Winter edition

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Hi there!

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

Tis the season to recycle
  • Latest Incentive Scheme News
  • Top Festive Recycling Tips
  • Recycle Your Electricals Campaign
  • Leftover Recipe
  • Food Waste Update
  • Truck Naming Competition
  • Christmas Bin Collections
  • Upcoming Events

Latest Incentive Scheme News

Daisy's Dream received £690.00 as one of the latest causes to benefit from the recycling incentive scheme good causes. Daisy’s Dream are Berkshires Children’s Bereavement Charity. This free service helps Bracknell’s children deal with the loss of a parent. £450,000 needs to be raised each year to help the 700 plus children we support each year.’

Daisy's Dream

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:

Sebastian’s Action Trust

Sebastian's Action Trust supports families with children that have a life-limiting condition. The money raised will support our toddler and youth activity days held at the Woodlands in Crowthorne.

Crown Wood Primary and Nursery School Parents Association

The parent’s association uses its fundraising to provide items or experiences to enhance children learning. These are things that are not covered by the school budget.

Cranbourne Primary School Garden and Nature Trust

The money will be used to buy compost, seeds, some children's garden tools and a seating area so we can have a proper activity area so the children can take part in creative garden activities.

These causes will be changing over on 31 January 2021. If you know of a good cause that would benefit from this scheme, you can find out more and nominate them here.

Top Tips For Recycling This Christmas

Blue Bin
  • Every Christmas we will use 300,000 tonnes of card packaging, enough to cover Big Ben almost 260,000 times! Flatten and keep your cardboard dry in your recycling. Please make sure to remove all plastic stuffing, including polystyrene chips or bubble wrap before placing in your blue recycling bin. 
  • Yes, you can recycle sweet tubs in your blue bin! Including lids! All colours accepted (except black ones) Please do not put in your recycling any plastic sweet wrappers though - remember these need to go to your rubbish bin.  
  • Who doesn't love mince pies? Apparently, the average Briton eats 27 mince pies over the Christmas period! Remember to recycle all your foil aluminium trays. Please scrunch these together to make a larger ball of foil and place in blue recycling bin 
  • Some wrapping paper cannot be recycled as it’s not actually made of paper. To easily test whether your wrapping paper is recyclable scrunch a piece up in your hand. If it stays crumpled when you release pressure it can be recycled, if it starts to spring back it’s probably a plastic laminate material which can’t be recycled. The metallic papers are the ones to be especially wary of.
  • Please ensure you only put the correct items in your blue recycling bin and please remember not to place any plastic bags / tissues / napkins / kitchen rolls these all need to go in your refuse bin.
  • Save space at home by dropping items at your local recycling centre – use the Recycling Locator to find your nearest. 
  • For more useful tips on how to recycle more and waste less this Christmas why not why check out the re3 Christmas Advent Calendar

Recycle Your Electricals Campaign



We estimate that re3 householders alone, are holding on to over 3 million electrical items, including 100,000 cables that could run all the way along the River Thames nearly 4 times! This is why we’re puurrrroud to support Material Focus’ brand new Recycle Your Electricals campaign and brought the Hypnocat to you! Please help us to evaluate this campaign by completing this short survey

Leftover Spuds Soup Recipe

Cream Leek Potato Soup

Cream of Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup is a classic Winter warmer.

You can use up any leftover spuds and leftover cream from all those puddings over the festive period. The soup can then be frozen in portions for a supper on a chilly night in the new year!


  • Olive oil
  • 2 leeks, rinsed thoroughly and sliced
  • 400g potato (peeled weight), diced
  • 1.2l vegetable stock
  • 150 ml of double cream or crème fraîche
  • chives


  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and then add the chopped onion, potatoes and leeks. Cook until soft.
  2. Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer until the vegetables are tender and season well.
  3. Whiz up in a blender until smooth and creamy.
  4. When ready to eat, bring back to the boil in a clean pan, add the cream or crème fraîche and then simmer until hot.
  5. Serve with chopped chives and an extra swirl of cream.

For more tasty recipes visit Love Food Hate Waste

Food Waste

Save The Date

Weekly Food Waste Recycling

Starts March 2021 

From 25 January until 26 February, residents in houses will be delivered two lockable food waste caddies: 

  • a five-litre caddy for inside the house
  • a 23-litre caddy for outside the house 

The 23 litre outside caddy will be collected from the kerbside each week from March 2021. 

Do I need to do anything?  

Please wait for your caddies to be delivered and open them before March. There is important information inside which explains how to use the caddies and your new waste collection calendar. You can start using the caddies before March, however the food waste will not be collected until March. 

If you have not received your caddies but your neighbours have, please contact us

Truck Naming Competition


As part of the launch for our new food waste collection service, we are asking residents to help us name the new five food waste vehicles, which will be hitting the road in March 2021.

These vehicles will be picking up food waste for recycling and we would love to hear from all members of our community with ideas for names.

The best ones will be put forward to a public vote and the winning names will appear on the five food waste vehicles.

Please submit entries using the competition form on our food waste web page . The closing date for entries is midday Monday, 4 January.

Christmas Bin Collections 2020

Collection days remain the same throughout December, up until Christmas day. Revised collection days can also be found on our website.

Christmas Bin Collections

Garden Waste Collection

Brown Bin

Real Christmas trees will be collected from the kerbside as garden waste but must be cut up and contained within your brown bin or a BFC biodegradable garden waste sack.

Please be aware that there will be no garden waste collections over the festive season from 21 December 2020, they will resume as normal from 6 January 2021. Very few residents use the service over the festive season, so we will be able use the extra space to collect all the extra recycling from the Christmas festivities.

Upcoming Events

Lexicon Event

When and where?

Tuesday 22nd December at The Lexicon Cart from 12pm til 3pm.

Come along to find out more about the Borough’s upcoming waste and recycling changes taking effect from March 2021. The Waste and Recycling Team will be at the Lexicon Cart between 12pm til 3pm to help and answer any questions

Recycling Day

When and Where? 

Saturday 27 March 2021 at Bracknell Leisure Centre from 09:30am - 12:30pm.

Recycling Day

Bracknell Forest residents can drop off their clothing and small electrical items to recycle and gain 500 recycling incentive scheme points by doing so.

For more information visit our website or to see how your electricals are recycled watch this video. Don't forget to bring your e+ card with you!

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