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Sack Collections

Rubbish and recycling collections for properties with sacks

Some households in West Berkshire use sacks for their rubbish and recycling, the information below relates to these households only. If you have a rubbish bin and recycling boxes, please visit our recycling collections page.


We deliver an annual supply of disposable black sacks for rubbish each year around July.


Clear sacks for recycling are provided on request, please contact Customer Services to request them.

You can check what you can recycle in Icon for pdf our Recycling Leaflet [5.46MB]

Please make sure your recycling is separated out into different sacks. You can recycle paper and card in one sack and all your plastic bottles, aerosols, drinks cans and food tins can be put together in another sack. Glass cannot be collected in sacks but can be recycled at one of our recycling centres in Newbury and Padworth.

You can also recycle other items such as textiles, cartons and small electrical items at our Mini Recycling Centres.

To get the most from your service:

  • make sure your sacks are ready for collection by 6am on your collection day
  • do not overload your sacks with heavy items
  • do not put liquids in your sacks
  • ensure you only put out waste in the sacks provided by us

Garden Waste Collection

If you would like to have your garden waste collected, you will need to subscribe to the service and pay by Direct Debit. This is an opt-in, paid for service.

The 2021/22 garden waste collection service starts on 30 August 2021 and runs until 28 August 2022. Your first collection within this subscription period will be on your normal collection day and no earlier than 30 August 2021.

You will be able to subscribe to the 2021/22 Subscription Period (starting on 30 August 2021) by Direct Debit soon.

To make sure your subscription is processed in time for the start of the service period, please sign up by 26 August 2021.

Please read our updated Icon for pdf terms and conditions [522.58KB] before subscribing to the service. To subscribe to the sack service, please call 01635 503880.

Please be aware that there will be no part-year payment option available. Regardless of when you subscribe, the charges will remain fixed throughout the subscription period.

Find out more information on our frequently asked questions (sacks) page.

Garden Waste Subscription Charges

The subscription period runs from 30 August 2021 until 28 August 2022. 

The subscription charges for the 2021/22 collection service are:

Subscription Type

Subscription Charge

(per roll)

Service charge for 1st roll of green sacks


Service charge for 2nd to 5th rolls of green sacks



*Please note: we have reduced the subscription fee for each bin by £4 for 2021/22, as a one-off goodwill gesture following the temporary suspension of the service in January and July 2021.

You have the right to cancel your subscription within 21 days without giving any reason. See our cancellation page for more information.

If you have still got questions about the garden waste collection service, please read our frequently asked questions (sacks)

You can still recycle your garden waste for free by composting it at home or by taking it to one of our recycling centres.

Food Waste

If you subscribe to the garden waste service, you can put your food waste in your green sacks. If you are not subscribed to the garden waste service, please put food waste in your kerbside caddy, where available.

Where possible, all food waste should be put in a compostable bag. You can check what food waste you can recycle on our food waste recycling page.

If you currently use a kerbside caddy to recycle your food waste, this service will remain the same until such time that we may be able to provide an alternative collection service for food waste.

You can request a kerbside caddy by contacting Customer Services.

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