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

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Find out how to get started with home composting in Essex and how to order your discounted compost bin.
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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.
Find out how to correctly dispose of your waste if you have Coronavirus and if there are any other changes impacting your usual collection.

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 winter

Monday 21 December 2020
Compost bin and fork
Find out how to compost at home during the winter season

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.

BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy

Wednesday 1 April 2020
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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.

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.

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.
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.

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.