15 recycling centres in Essex have reopened for waste and recycling which, if stored at home, poses a risk of injury or is harmful to health. We are urging residents to make a common-sense decision and to only visit if absolutely necessary.
Social distancing measures and new site restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of residents and site staff. This will include limiting the number of cars at any one time, so please be patient and expect long delays.
If you can hold onto your waste, please do so until the sites are fully operational. Alternatively, check out our hints and tips on how to your reduce household waste.
Do not visit a recycling centre if you are shielding, self-isolating or showing any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information please check the latest government guidance.
The safest way to get rid of your waste and recycling is using your kerbside collection. A visit to a recycling centre is only essential where there is no alternative available. If a visit is deemed essential, please consider the following advice:
To ensure the safety of residents and site staff, new site restrictions are in place. 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.
A visit to a recycling centre is only essential where there is no alternative available. If a visit to a recycling centre is deemed essential, please expect long queues and delays.
The following sites will open on Monday 18 May:
Whilst we would like to be able to open all recycling centres, the priority is to ensure the safety of residents and site staff. The size and layout of some recycling centres makes it difficult to implement social distancing measures, which is why some sites remain closed at this time.
Please note that recycling centre opening times will be subject to change.
Currently, all local councils in Essex are collecting food waste and general rubbish. This is the safest way to dispose of your waste so please use kerbside collections as much as possible. Recycling centres are only open for waste or recycling that cannot be stored on your property without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to yourself or other members of your household.
The following items are not deemed essential if they can be safely stored, so please do not bring these to the recycling centres: