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Love Essex, Love Food

Monday 1 January 2024
Variety of vegetables on a chopping board, ready to be cooked.
Find 10 easy ways to stop food going in the bin, save money and protect the planet.

Food recycling in Essex

Tuesday 5 December 2023
A person placing a banana peel into a food recycling caddy on a kitchen countertop in front of a plant and a window.
Find out more about recycling your food waste in Essex!
Green recycling container with a Lighthouse donation point sign and an upright fridge.
Drop-off your unwanted large electrical appliances for repair and reuse at recycling centres in Essex.

Freegle in Essex

Monday 4 December 2023
Two smiling women holding shoes and cake moulds to swap.
Find out how to give and receive pre-loved items for free in your local community.

Love Essex Fund

Friday 1 December 2023
Repairing jeans with a sewing machine.
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.

Ways to donate your items

Friday 1 December 2023
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

Tuesday 21 November 2023
Compost bin and fork.
Find out how to keep composting at home during the winter.

Get started with home composting in Essex

Saturday 30 September 2023
Hand holding compost in front of an open compost bin hatch.
How to get started with home composting, with discounted compost bins and online training.

What to do with old electricals

Thursday 6 July 2023
Hands fixing a mobile phone with a screwdriver.
Give broken electricals a new lease of life, find them a new home or recycle them.

Love Your Period

Wednesday 12 April 2023
Blue reusable pad with flowers
Find out how reusable period products provide a great alternative to single-use disposable period products, offering great cost, health, and environmental benefits.
Car at a recycling centre.
From Monday 13 March 2023, residents visiting Essex County Council recycling centres will need to book in advance.

Eco shops in Essex

Sunday 1 January 2023
A line of containers in a refill shop, with dry ingredients contained inside for customers to buy.
Find local businesses near you that offer refill services and eco-friendly products.

Tips to improve your recycling

Monday 12 September 2022
Mother and daughter in the kitchen recycling items.
Find out how to improve your recycling with these quick and easy tips.
Vans and cars being unloaded at a recycling centre.
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
Kitche it, don't ditch it text with a background of fruit and vegetables.
Love Essex are working with Kitche to help residents reduce their food waste and save money.
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.
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.
Love Essex logo inside green van
Find out how to book your visit to a recycling centre in a van.

Love Essex Champions

Sunday 18 July 2021
Green heart with text "Love Essex Champions"
Love Essex are looking for enthusiastic people to help Essex residents waste less and recycle more.
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.

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.

How to love your clothes

Friday 1 January 2021
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,

BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy

Wednesday 1 April 2020
Interreg Logo
Project BLUEPRINT is an Interreg-funded European project led by Essex County Council. It will help local authorities move to a circular economy.

Fly-tipping in Essex

Tuesday 31 December 2019
Rubbish scattered on the ground.
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.
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.
Junk mail sticking through a mailbox.
Don't let junk mail be the bane of your letterbox. Follow these steps to reduce it.