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

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.

How to compost this spring

Sunday 1 March 2020
Compost bin in spring
Find out how to compost at home during the spring season.

Postponed - Composting workshops

Friday 14 February 2020
Bird on Compost with Worm
All 'Introduction to Home Composting' workshops in Essex have been postponed until further notice.

Ideas to help reduce your plastic

Wednesday 1 January 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.

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.

Make the most of old electricals

Wednesday 2 January 2019
Man fixing a coffee machine with a screwdriver
Give broken electricals a new lease of life or find them a new home.

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.