All recycling centres in Essex remain open during lockdown.
Social distancing measures and new site restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of residents and site staff. Therefore, no one is permitted to unload their vehicle whilst queuing. Users will only be allowed on site in order of arrival, so no one is permitted to walk in waste from their vehicle. So please be patient and expect long delays.
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 from other people and ensure they will dispose of your waste responsibly.
Do not visit a recycling centre if you are self-isolating or showing any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information please check the latest government guidance.
If you're asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because you're confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19), follow this advice to get rid of household waste. This is to make sure the virus doesn't spread via personal waste.
For waste that is heavily contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed in and cleaning cloths, you need to:
Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.
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.
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.