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News and ideas
News and ideas
Essex recycling centre booking system
Monday 30 January 2023
From Monday 13 March 2023, residents visiting Essex County Council recycling centres will need to book in advance.
Love Essex, Love Food
Monday 9 January 2023
Do you want the chance to win £60 worth of supermarket vouchers each month? Sign the Essex Food Waste Pledge today!
Get started with home composting in Essex
Monday 2 January 2023
How to get started with home composting, with discounted compost bins and online training. You can even win a free compost bin or garden gift vouchers!
Freegle in Essex
Sunday 1 January 2023
Find out how to give and receive pre-loved items for free in your local community.
Eco shops in Essex
Sunday 1 January 2023
Find local businesses near you that offer refill services and eco-friendly products.
New reuse opportunity at recycling centres
Monday 12 December 2022
Brentwood, Chelmsford, Clacton, and Harlow Recycling Centres now have donation points for residents to drop off their unwanted larger electrical appliances for the Lighthouse Furniture Project.
Love Essex Fund
Friday 30 September 2022
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.
Tips to improve your recycling
Monday 12 September 2022
Find out how to improve your recycling with these quick and easy tips.
Recycling centre policy and site restrictions
Tuesday 19 July 2022
Only household waste is accepted at ECC recycling centres. Find out more about recycling centre policy and site restrictions, including items that are accepted.
Reduce food waste with Kitche
Monday 16 May 2022
Love Essex are working with Kitche to help residents reduce their food waste and save money.
Ideas on how to reduce your household waste
Monday 9 May 2022
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.
Large and small recycling centres in Essex
Friday 1 April 2022
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.
Recycling centre booking system for vans
Tuesday 25 January 2022
Find out how to book your visit to a recycling centre in a van.
Love Your Period
Monday 27 September 2021
Find out how reusable period products provide a great alternative to single-use disposable period products, offering great cost, health, and environmental benefits.
Love Essex Champions
Sunday 18 July 2021
Love Essex are looking for enthusiastic people to help Essex residents waste less and recycle more.
Claim £30 refund on cloth nappies in Essex
Monday 8 March 2021
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.
Ideas to help reduce your plastic
Wednesday 24 February 2021
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
Find ways to donate your items in Essex. Many local places accept secondhand furniture and white goods. Get rid of your stuff today.
What to do with old electricals
Monday 6 July 2020
Give broken electricals a new lease of life or find them a new home.
BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy
Wednesday 1 April 2020
Project BLUEPRINT is an Interreg-funded European project led by Essex County Council. It will help local authorities move to a circular economy.
How to compost this spring
Sunday 1 March 2020
Find out how to compost at home during the spring season.
How to love your clothes
Wednesday 1 January 2020
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.
Fly-tipping in Essex
Tuesday 31 December 2019
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. Find out how to report fly-tipping incidents.
Can you afford to throw £150 away?
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
Don't let junk mail be the bane of your letterbox. Follow these steps to reduce it.
Recycling at home
Find a recycling centre
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