15 recycling centres in Essex have reopened. Visiting these sites is only essential where there is no alternative available. Please expect long queues and delays. Make sure to check temporary site restrictions and opening hours before visiting.
Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste.
After 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the double bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only waste that is heavily contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed in and cleaning cloths that have been heavily contaminated need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and potential increases in staff sickness levels, some recycling and waste services may be impacted. This may result in general rubbish and food waste collections being prioritised and other services being suspended at short notice, such as garden or bulky waste collections.
After collecting your emptied bins or boxes from the kerbside, please ensure you wash your hands.
All local councils across Essex are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and we appreciate your understanding if services do change.
Braintree District Council - Garden waste collections to restart on a 4 week cycle from 18 May.
Colchester Borough Council - Garden waste collections to restart on a fortnightly basis from 25 May. Dry recycling collections to be 4 weekly from 13 April. Textile collections are suspended.
Uttlesford District Council - Garden waste collections restarted on 21 April.
Recycling and waste collection crews are working hard on the frontline every day to ensure our bins, bags and boxes are collected.
There are a number of ways you can help support your collection crews:
To help reduce the amount of rubbish going in your waste collections, we’ve pulled together some handy tips and ideas to save items from the bin. Find out how you can reduce your waste at home.
15 recycling centres in Essex have reopened. Only waste or recycling which cannot be stored at home without causing a health or safety risk will be accepted. You should only visit the site if absolutely necessary.
Social distancing measures and new site restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of residents and site staff. This will include limiting the number of cars at any one time, so please be patient and expect long delays.
If you can hold onto your waste, please do so until the sites are fully operational. Alternatively, check out our hints and tips on how to your reduce household waste.
If you have garden waste to get rid of, you can always try home composting. It’s a great alternative and there are many ways to get started.
If you use a private company or contractor to dispose of your waste, please keep a safe distance apart from other people and ensure they will dispose of your waste responsibly.
Do not visit a recycling centre if you are shielding, self-isolating or showing any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information please check the latest government guidance.