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News and ideas

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

Bird on Compost with Worm
Sign up for one of our 'Introduction to Home Composting' workshops in Essex to learn how to start composting at home and receive a free compost bin.

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.

Order your discounted compost bin

Wednesday 1 January 2020
Photo of a home compost bin
Find out how you can get started with home composting today!

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.
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.

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.
Compost bin in summer
Find out how to compost at home during the summer season.

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.

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!

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.