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Recycling centre policy and site restrictions

Overview of Braintree Recycling Centre

Wednesday 1 January 2020

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.

Essex County Council (ECC) recycling centres are licenced by the Environment Agency and are for household waste only. Limits apply on DIY and construction waste. Business waste is not accepted at any ECC recycling centre. Find out more about disposing of business waste.

CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is in operation at this site for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety.

Items accepted at any ECC recycling centre

The following items can be taken to any ECC recycling centre as long as you are taking them to the site and they are from your own household.



Car batteries


Clothing and textiles

Cooking oil

Engine oil

Garden waste

General rubbish

Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes

Mixed glass bottles and jars



Printer cartridges

Scrap metal

Small electrical appliances


Wood and timber

Items accepted at large recycling centres only

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

Find your nearest large recycling centre.

Items not accepted at any ECC recycling centre

The following items cannot be taken to any ECC recycling centre. You must arrange a separate collection or disposal of these items. 


Business waste

Chemical waste 

Clinical waste

Dead animals

Fireworks, ammunition and explosives


Gas cylinders

Japanese knotweed

Find out how to correctly dispose of household hazardous waste in Essex

Get the most out of your visit

To ensure your visit to any recycling centre is as quick and easy as possible, please be aware of the following

  • Sorting items before visiting will make things easier when you are on site.
  • If you bring unsorted items into the site you may be asked to separate these by staff to ensure they can be recycled.
  • If possible, avoid the weekend and bank holidays when our sites are busy.
  • Try to avoid bringing waste to the site which you could recycle or dispose of via your kerbside waste collection service as this helps to reduce on site congestion.
  • At each site there will be an allocated ‘Reuser’, this person may put reusable items aside for reuse which helps to reduce the environmental impact of waste.
  • If disposing of household fridges and freezers, ensure they are clean and contain no food
  • A small amount of garden and household chemicals can be accepted. Give these items to a member of site staff.
  • Asbestos and clinical waste are not accepted at any Essex County Council run recycling centre.
  • If disposing of electrical devices, removed SIM cards and any personal information beforehand.

Site safety at all recycling centres

Members of site staff are there to assist you, please note that aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. For any accessibility queries please ask a member of site staff for assistance.

  • Children and pets should be kept inside your vehicle at all times.
  • Suitable clothing, gloves and enclosed footwear is advisable when using this site.
  • Paths are provided for safety. Please be cautious when moving around the site, especially during wet conditions when surfaces may be slippery.
  • Items should be placed (not thrown) in the correct container. If you are unsure what container to use, ask a member of site staff.
  • Once items are deposited in a container, they cannot be removed. Please donate items in a reusable condition, before visiting a Recycling Centre.

Find out more about recycling centres

Find your nearest recycling centre

Large and small recycling centres in Essex

Advice for businesses disposing of their waste in Essex

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