Permit will be required to use waste centre on A33

Trashcan in a park

Users of the re3 Smallmead Recycling Centre near the A33 will be required to prove their residency from 1 July.

This new procedure has been implemented because of West Berkshire Council’s decision to stop funding the centre. Users of the site must now prove they live in Reading, Wokingham or Bracknell Forest and no resident of any other area will be permitted to use it. This means that residents of nearby Burghfield, Calcot, Theale and western Tilehurst, which are administered by West Berkshire and not Reading Borough Council, will be barred from the site.

Although other forms of ID may be accepted by staff at the recycling centre, checking them will take time and may cause delays.  Permits will be posted to residents in the area served by re3 and should be displayed in the car’s windscreen to expedite matters.

“It would not be fair to ask re3 residents to pay, via their council tax, for the disposal of the waste of those who live outside of the re3 area,” said Councillor Dorothy Hayes, Bracknell Forest’s executive member for environment and chair of the joint waste disposal board.

The same procedures will be put in place at the Bracknell recycling centre at the same time to avoid a rush on this site when access restrictions are imposed elsewhere.



2 thoughts on “Permit will be required to use waste centre on A33

  1. That’s local politics for you. My guess is that this policy will last until West Berkshire’s fly tipped refuse or the permit checking delays become problems, or the staff just stop checking IDs entirely, and then another solution will be put in place. There’s nothing on West Berkshire’s website about this; I wonder if W Berks residents have actually been told they’re going to be turned away from the site.


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