Reading Recycling

Whether you are looking to move to Reading or have already moved, we’ve got the low-down on all of the essential services you need to know about, including your council tax, bin collection times and utility suppliers.

Council Tax

Your local authority is Reading Borough Council. Your council tax payments will need to be made to Reading Borough Council, either by direct debit or via their online payment system.

You will need to notify Reading Borough Council with details about yourself and either the date you are moving to Reading, or the date you moved in. Complete the form using the link below to set up your council tax:

Council Tax Setup Form

You can see what the cost of your council tax will be by filling in the address and postcode of your property at the link below:

Council Tax Band Check

More information about council tax, including available discounts, can be found on the Reading Borough Council website.

Bin Collection

Your bin collection days will be dependant on your location. To find out what days your collections will be simply click the button below to go to the Reading Borough Council website and type in your postcode:

Bin Collection Times

Your bin types are as follows:

  • Grey bin – general waste
  • Red bin – all recycling
  • Green bin – garden waste (dependant on location)

You can order an extra red bin free of charge on the Reading Borough Council website, as well as order a replacement grey bin.

The bins that are collected every week alternate. Grey waste bins and red recycling bins are collected together once every two weeks, and the green garden waste bins are collected on the alternate weeks to the grey and red bins. You will need to put your bins out by 7am on the day of collection to ensure that they are emptied.

Reading Borough Council provide information on what you can put into each bin:

Reading Bin Collection

For more information on bin collection including collection of bulky items, visit the Reading Borough Council website.


If you have any further rubbish or recycling that you need to get rid of you can visit the Reading Waste Recycling Centre.

Visit the Reading Borough Council website for more information about recycling in Reading including opening times and what you can and can take to the recycling centre.

Water Supply

Thames Water will be your water supplier in Reading. You will need to tell Thames Water about your move by clicking the button below:

Thames Water Form

Gas, Electricity, Phone & Broadband

You have the choice on which utility suppliers you can use for gas, electric, phone and broadband. Price comparison sites are what you need as they will find the best deal for you. We like to use uSwitch but there are others such as compare the market and moneysupermarket.


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