Address, Opening & Access times

Full details on how to access both Smallmead and Longshot Lane Household Waste Recycling Centres are noted below.

Site Addresses:

Reading - Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, Island Road, Reading, RG2 0RP.

Bracknell - Longshot Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre, Longshot Lane, Bracknell, RG12 1RL

Opening Times:

  • 08:00 - 20:00 from 1st April till 30th September
  • 08:00 - 18:00 from 1st October till 31st March

Closed Christmas Day

There is a height barrier (1.95m) in place at both sites so please check the height of your vehicle before your visit.

If your vehicle is taller than 1.95m (6ft 4in) you will be permitted on site between the hours of 2pm and 4pm Monday to Saturday only.

You must ensure you arrive with identification for proof of waste origin in the form of a council tax bill or major utilities bill. If you do not have access to either of these, a Drivers Licence is accepted.

There will be no access for vehicles over 1.95m in height on Sundays or any Bank Holiday.

Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes gross (which is the weight of your vehicle including your waste and any passengers) are not accepted on site.

Single axle trailers can access site 7 days a week during normal opening hours.

Why are double axle trailers (including twin axle horse boxes) no longer permitted on site.

Two points were key in the decision - capacity and safety.

By only allowing access to single axle trailers which are more frequently used for domestic purposes and generally have a lower maximum legal payload capacity, we are ensuring we do not contravene the limits set out in our Waste Acceptance Policy.

The ability to maintain a safe and efficient Recycling Centre for the benefit of the population is better met by this ruling than if it were not in place.

There is no pedestrian access onsite and children under the age of 16 are required to stay in your vehicle for Health and Safety reasons at all times.

In addition, please ensure you wear appropriate footwear and gloves when handling your waste on site.

If you require assistance - please ask. Staff are here to assist you. All members of staff have been trained in manual handling techniques and have been instructed to only lift items of weight and dimension that do not put their health and safety at risk.


The reason for some residents experiencing a wait to access the Household Waste Recycling Centres is simply a demand from residents wanting to use the sites.

The sites themselves are working at full capacity and staff are fully engaged and we simply ask that people remain patient. 

Finally, while the sites are open as usual for this period of the year (am to 8pm), residents should consider making arrangements for disposing of their rubbish outside of the 11am - 4pm business times at which the queue is either much shortened or non- existent. 

Downloads showing the site layouts for both Smallmead and Longshot Lane are available on the link below - this will advise you how best to pack for your trip so the amount of time you spend on site is reduced.  


Want to know if know if there are any queues at the HWRC before you leave?

Users of Longshot Lane can now view a live webcam feed showing the entrance road to site which could make planning your visit to site easier.  

Just click here or use the "View Longshot Lane" button at the top right of the page.

If you're having problems viewing the live feed you may need to amend your firewall settings and basic instructions on how to do this can be accessed by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.