All recycling centres are currently open. Wherever possible, please use alternative ways to get rid of your waste. If you do visit a recycling centre, expect long delays as we limit cars on the site. Social distancing and new site restrictions are also in place.
Do not visit if you are shielding, self-isolating or showing any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The safest way to get rid of your waste or recycling is using your kerbside collection.
If you decide to visit a site, please consider the following:
We haven't put a booking system in place at the sites. This has enabled us to meet the immediate demand and to allow residents to easily access the service and dispose of their waste. A booking system would not have removed queues entirely and would have resulted in far fewer residents accessing the sites on a daily basis.
New temporary site restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of residents and site staff.
Please follow site staff instructions, treat site staff with respect and be considerate of other site users.
These temporary restrictions will be reviewed regularly and may be subject to change:
Please note that normal site restrictions still apply.
The effect on fly-tipping
Fly-tipping is continually monitored by local councils, but so far there is no evidence that fly-tipping in Essex has increased due to site closures. While some areas have recently seen slight increases, other areas have seen decreases in fly-tipping. These trends are in line with what we would usually see at this time of year. Fly-tipping is an illegal offence and local councils continue to work hard to investigate crimes and clear fly-tips.