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Large and small recycling centres in Essex

Recycling Centre for Household Waste road sign

Wednesday 1 January 2020

There are two types of Essex County Council recycling centre, large recycling centres and small recycling centres. Business, trade and commercial waste is not accepted at any ECC recycling centre. Find out more about disposing of business and trade waste.

Large and small recycling centres have different vehicle and site restrictions, please read the following information before visiting any recycling centre.

Large recycling centres

The following recycling centres are classed as large recycling centres.

Braintree Recycling Centre

Brentwood Recycling Centre

Chelmsford Recycling Centre

Clacton Recycling Centre

Colchester Recycling Centre

Harlow Recycling Centre

Maldon Recycling Centre

Pitsea Recycling Centre

Saffron Walden Recycling Centre

Large recycling centre vehicle and site restrictions

Vans (under 3,500kg) will be accepted at large recycling centres if they are carrying your own household waste. Site staff may stop you at the gate to ensure the waste you are carrying has come from your household.

Large recycling centres accept small quantities of some DIY and construction waste, providing you have completed the work yourself and it is from your own household.

In any 28-day period you may not exceed each of the following:

  • three wheelbarrow loads (one car boot) of soil, hardcore or gypsum-based products including plasterboard and dry wall lining
  • one wheelbarrow load of tiles

In any 6-month period you may not exceed each of the following:

  • three large ceramic items (e.g. toilet or wash basin)
  • one uPVC or wooden window frame
  • one uPVC or wooden door
  • three wooden internal doors
  • any element of a built-in kitchen

Small recycling centres

The following recycling centres are classed as small recycling centres.

Burnham-on-Crouch Recycling Centre

Canvey Recycling Centre

Chigwell Recycling Centre

Dovercourt Recycling Centre

Kirby-le-Soken Recycling Centre

Lawford Recycling Centre

Mountnessing Recycling Centre

Rayleigh Recycling Centre

South Woodham Ferrers Recycling Centre

Waltham Abbey Recycling Centre

West Mersea Recycling Centre

Witham Recycling Centre

Small recycling centre vehicle and site restrictions

Small recycling centres do not accept any vans (including car derived vans, pick-ups, trucks) or any towed trailer with more than one axle. Vehicles that are not permitted, cannot park outside the site and carry waste into any recycling centre.

DIY and construction waste are not permitted at any small recycling centre. This includes soil, hardcore, plasterboard, tiles, any element of a built-in bathroom or kitchen. This restriction does not currently apply to Rayleigh Recycling Centre which is able to accept small quantities of DIY and construction waste. Please see Rayleigh Recycling Centre page for more information.

Find out more about recycling centres

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