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News and ideas

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

It’s that time of year when we want to find out what you think of Recycling Centres in Essex.
Someone holding a rectangle present wrapped in brown paper and decorated with string and foliage
Check your collection day, Recycling Centre opening times, and find great tips for a waste free Christmas. There are lots of ways to ensure this festive season is a zero waste one.

Do you love a bargain?

Tuesday 1 October 2019
Do you need to furnish your home or are looking for some retail therapy? Why not try purchasing preloved items. It is easier than ever to find a great preloved bargain.

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.
Recycling bin with green poster and recycling swoosh
Find out how to improve your recycling with these quick and easy tips.

Too good to throw away?

Tuesday 19 March 2019
Washing pile of folded winter jumpers
Do you have furniture or electrical items you no longer want? There’s often no need to throw items away, give or donate your stuff to other people in your community.

How to go plastic free

Tuesday 19 March 2019
A range of plastic free items such as; cloth produce bags, metal straws, glass jars, bars of soap
Find out how you can take small steps to reduce the amount of plastic you throw away and protect the environment.

Order your discounted compost bin

Friday 11 January 2019
Photo of a home compost bin
Find out how you can get started with home composting today!

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.
To celebrate our nappy libraries in Essex we are giving away a Little Lamb cloth nappy hamper worth £99. To be in with a chance of WINNING this nappy hamper, simply enter the survey and tell us your views on cloth nappies and libraries.

Your rubbish, your responsibility

Monday 8 October 2018
Fly tip on country lane including a sofa
Find out why it's a #CrimeNotToCare about how your waste is disposed in Essex.

Love Essex Fund

Tuesday 4 September 2018
Two men fixing a bike
Have you got a project to reduce waste that you want to make a reality? Find out how you could receive up to £500 to support your idea.

Love your clothes

Monday 8 January 2018
Woman holding a bundle of clothes
Unused clothing doesn't always need to be thrown away. See how a bit of love and care can give your clothes a new lease of life after you've finished wearing them.
Find out how to protect yourself and ensure your waste does not get fly tipped.

How to run a give and take event

Wednesday 1 March 2017
Two people crossing hands to form a heart shape together
Find out how to run your own give and take to help people in your community!
Woman points to food waste in display
We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to advocate for waste reduction by helping residents waste less and recycle more.

You just need a little spare time and plenty of enthusiasm!
Smiling baby surrounded by piles of clean laundry
Purchase any cloth nappies and claim your £30 refund.

Help us avoid an explosive summer

Wednesday 27 July 2016
Camper using gas cannister
Stay safe this summer by carefully disposing of your small camping gas canisters.

How to stop junk mail

Tuesday 26 January 2016
Junk mail sticking through a mailbox
Junk mail isn't just a waste of paper, it's really annoying. Here's how to stop it.