Following careful consideration and Government guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19), all Essex County Council recycling centres are closed until further notice. During these unprecedented times, there may be changes to your usual recycling and waste collections in Essex at short notice. This page will continue to be updated with any service changes as they happen.
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 are suspended
Colchester Borough Council - Garden waste and dry recycling collections are suspended
Harlow Council - Garden waste collections are suspended from 1 April 2020
Uttlesford District Council - Garden waste collections are suspended
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.
Following careful consideration and Government guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the difficult decision to close all Essex County Council recycling centres until further notice.
The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus. Recycling centres were becoming extremely busy and the increase in visitors meant keeping people a safe distance apart was becoming impossible to manage.
If you were planning to visit a recycling centre, please hold on to the items you were planning to take until they are reopened.
During this time we ask residents to act responsibly and not place items such as DIY waste, or recycling into their kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish and place further strain on collection crews.
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.