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

Love Essex Fund

Tuesday 4 October 2022
Repairing jeans with a sewing machine.
Have you got a project to reduce waste in Essex that you want to make a reality? Find out how you could receive up to £500 from the Love Essex Fund to support your idea.

Can you afford to throw £150 away?

Tuesday 16 August 2022
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.

Love Essex, Love Food

Wednesday 1 June 2022
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.

Reduce food waste with Kitche

Monday 16 May 2022
Kitche it, don't ditch it text with a background of fruit and vegetables.
Love Essex are working with Kitche to help residents reduce their food waste and save money.
If you want to visit Rayleigh recycling centre, from 6 June 2022, you will need to book a slot in advance. Please remember, recycling centres only accept household waste.
Love Essex logo inside green van
Find out how to book your visit to a recycling centre in a van.
Black dalek-style home compost bin.
How to get started with home composting in Essex, with discounted compost bins and free online training.

Essex Library of Things

Tuesday 28 September 2021
Man and woman doing DIY
Find out how you can hire items from the Essex Library of Things. From tools, home appliances and gardening equipment, to games and musical instruments. There's something for everyone.

Love Your Period

Monday 27 September 2021
Blue reusable pad with flowers
Find out about reusable period products and take our pledge!

Freegle in Essex

Saturday 21 August 2021
Two smiling women holding shoes and cake moulds to swap.
Find out how to give and receive pre-loved items for free in your local community.

Litter in Essex

Friday 30 July 2021
Find out more about how you can borrow litter-picking equipment and help us keep Essex clean and tidy.

Love Essex Champions

Sunday 18 July 2021
Green heart with text "Love Essex Champions"
Love Essex are looking for enthusiastic people to help Essex residents waste less and recycle more.

Eco shops in Essex

Wednesday 30 June 2021
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.
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.

Ideas to help reduce your plastic

Wednesday 24 February 2021
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.

Ways to donate your items

Monday 1 February 2021
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 compost this autumn

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

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.

How to compost this summer

Sunday 21 June 2020
Compost bin in summer
Find out how to compost at home during the summer season.

BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy

Wednesday 1 April 2020
Interreg Logo
Project BLUEPRINT is an Interreg-funded European project led by Essex County Council. It will help local authorities move to a circular economy.
Mother and daughter in the kitchen recycling items
Find out how to improve your recycling with these quick and easy tips.

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.
Recycling Centre for Household Waste road sign
There are two types of recycling centres in Essex, either large or small. Find out which sites are large or small, accepted items and site restrictions.

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.

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.