Waste and Recycling E-newsletter - Summer edition

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for Bracknell Forest

Here is what is in your Recycle for Bracknell Forest summer edition.

  • The latest incentive scheme news
  • Nominate a good cause
  • Battery recycling
  • Bathroom recycling
  • Leftover recipe - banana and honey muffins
  • Upcoming events

The latest incentive scheme news

Good causes

1st Binfield Guides

1st Binfield Guides received £438 as one of the latest causes to benefit from the recycling incentive scheme. They will use the money to purchase new equipment and resources for the girls.

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

2nd Bracknell Scout Group

The scout group is looking to raise £200,000 to improve and extend their scout hut, to provide the community and young people with facilities for the next 50 years.

Uplands Primary School

Uplands Primary School will be using the donation to purchase recycling equipment, including litter pickers, to continue going out into the community to keep the environment and school tidy.

1st Crown Wood Brownies

The group will use the donation to replace art and craft supplies that were lost in a leaky shed during lockdown and subsidising a trip for all the girls.

Nominate a good cause

Do you know of a good cause who would benefit from this scheme?

Bracknell Forest-based charities, schools, youth groups and general good causes can benefit from our good causes project, which is run as part of our recycling incentive scheme. 

Blue Bin

Every three months, a £1,000 pot, provided by Bracknell Forest Council and its waste and recycling contractor Suez, is up for grabs. Three good causes receive a share based on how many recycling incentive scheme points are donated to them. 

Households who are signed up to the recycling incentive scheme can donate  their recycling rewards points to the nominated good causes, simply by logging onto their account. If you're not yet a member, find out more about the Bracknell Forest Council recycling rewards scheme on our website.

There are some great rewards on offer, such as reduced priced composters and water butts, and reduced cinema and theatre tickets at South Hill Park . The list of rewards is subject to change. Visit our website to view the most current list of rewards.

So far, over 80 good causes have benefitted from the scheme, with thousands of pounds of funding being distributed throughout the borough since the start of the scheme.

If you know of a good cause that would benefit, you can find out more and nominate them via the council's website.

Battery recycling

Take charge and recycle your batteries correctly

Don't Bin Your Batteries

This year, our collection crews have dealt with three fires in waste collection vehicles due to batteries being incorrectly disposed of in green and blue bins.

These fires are not only extremely dangerous and put our collection crews in a life-threatening situation, but they cause a strain on local fire services, as well as delaying waste collections.

In order to recycle better, residents are being asked to recycle their batteries responsibly.

Batteries are easily recyclable in Bracknell Forest with recycling boxes in most supermarkets and local shops, as well as the recycling centre. Residents can find their nearest battery recycling point using the online finder tool.

Bathroom recycling


We all use toiletries and bathroom cleaners on a daily basis and our bathrooms are packed full of stuff that can be recycled. The great news is, most people are recycling, but there is always room to recycle more!

Did you know if everyone in the UK recycled one bathroom cleaner bottle, enough energy could be saved to vacuum around 82,460 homes?

Things that everyone can recycle from their bathroom:

  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Shower gel and bubble bath plastic bottles
  • Cardboard boxes e.g. soap and toothpaste boxes
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Bathroom cleaner and bleach bottles
  • Empty aerosol cans (e.g. deodorant, hairspray, shaving foam cans)
  • Hand soap bottles
  • Moisturiser bottles

If you are ever in doubt, please use the re3cyclopedia app to find out the best way to dispose of an item.

If you are struggling to dispose of your recycling in your blue bin, an additional blue recycling bin can be requested via our website.

Quick and easy leftover recipe

Banana and honey muffin

Banana and Honey Muffins

This is ideal for using up bananas which are past their best. You can also use other fruits that need using up, such as apples, cranberries, oranges, pears or even some tinned fruit. You could also top with some sweetened crème fraiche, honey or banana crisps.


  • 250g self raising flour
  • 2 x 5ml spoons of baking powder
  • 1 x 5ml spoon of liquid honey
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 90ml oil
  • 150g banana cut into small pieces (brown spotted bananas that need using are ideal)          


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or gas mark four.
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bow and add in the sugar.
  3. Whisk the egg in a small bowl using a fork.
  4. Pour in the milk, oil, honey and egg into the flour mixture and mix well to form a smooth batter.
  5. Stir in the banana pieces.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until the muffins have risen and are golden brown.
  8. Carefully take the muffins out of the tin and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

For more tasty leftover recipes, visit Love Food Hate Waste

Upcoming events

Recycling day

Small electricals recycling days
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.

At our last roadshow on 19 March 2022, we collected 2.1 tonnes of small electricals and 1.4 tonnes of clothing, thank you to all that came along.

When and where

Saturday, 10 September 2022 from 9:30am - 12:30pm.

John Nike Stadium (athletics track) car park, Bracknell Leisure Centre, South Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 7NN.

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.

Recycle Week 18 - 25 September

Now in its 19th year, Recycle Week is Recycle Now's flagship annual event. A celebration of recycling across the nation. Keep a look out for information during this week. Check out our social media links at the bottom of this email.

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