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News and ideas

News from our recycling centres, waste management and ideas to help reduce your waste.

How to compost this autumn

Wednesday 23 September 2020
Autumn leaves and rake
Find out how to compost at home during autumn.

Ideas to help reduce your plastic

Monday 14 September 2020
Residents holding reusable water bottles and coffee cups for the Love Essex Plastics Campaign.
Find out how you can reduce your plastic waste in Essex by making some easy switches. Together we can make a difference.
Crews collecting black wheeled bin
Find ideas on how to reduce your household waste in Essex, store recycling so it takes up less space and how to put your garden waste to better use.
Sign of recycling centre for household waste
Find out about the temporary restrictions in place at Essex recycling centres.

What to do with old electricals

Monday 6 July 2020
Man fixing a coffee machine with a screwdriver
Give broken electricals a new lease of life or find them a new home.
Waste services in Essex may be impacted by the Coronavirus. Find out how to correctly dispose of your waste if you have Coronavirus and if there are any other changes impacting your usual collection.
Photo of a home compost bin
Find out how you can get started with home composting today!
Smiling baby surrounded by piles of clean laundry
Switching to cloth nappies could save you hundreds of pounds. If you live in Essex, you can claim your £30 refund on any new or pre-loved nappies or laundering fees.
Mother and daughter in the kitchen recycling items
Find out how to improve your recycling with these quick and easy tips.

Don't bin your food

Saturday 1 February 2020
Table laid with food and dips
Before throwing out food, there are steps we can all take to reduce the amount of food we waste in Essex.

Ways to donate your items

Wednesday 1 January 2020
Blue Chair
Find ways to donate your items in Essex. Many local places accept secondhand furniture and white goods. Get rid of your stuff today.

How to love your clothes

Wednesday 1 January 2020
Woman peering through a rail of clothes
Find out how to reduce the amount of clothing and textiles thrown away in Essex, by learning to repair, mend and recycle your clothes with Love Your Clothes.

Eco shops in Essex

Wednesday 1 January 2020
A lady refilling her reusable containers with dry ingredients at a refill shop
Across Essex, there are a number of zero-waste, eco or refill shops selling items which help reduce your waste, or offering refills saving on plastic packaging. We’ve pulled together a list of the local shops operating in Essex.

Volunteer to be a WasteBuster

Tuesday 31 December 2019
Woman points to food waste in display
WasteBusters are enthusiastic volunteers who help Essex residents reduce their waste. You just need a little spare time and plenty of enthusiasm!

Fly-tipping in Essex

Tuesday 31 December 2019
Fly-tip in Essex
Find out how to ensure your rubbish is not fly-tipped in Essex. It's a crime not to care what happens to your waste.

Can you afford to throw £150 away?

Monday 9 September 2019
Red and white background with a yellow fiat in the background. Take away litter and cigarette butts
Keeping Essex clean and tidy costs the tax payer over £17 million a year. Throwing anything out of your vehicle, from fast food packaging to cigarette butts, will land you with a £150 fine. There is no excuse for littering.

How to stop junk mail

Tuesday 26 January 2016
Junk mail sticking through a mailbox
Don't let junk mail be the bane of your letterbox. Follow these steps to reduce it.