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Update on waste services in Essex

Covid-19

Monday 19 July 2021

As the government has now removed many of the Covid-19 restrictions that have been in place, you may notice some changes at the Essex Recycling Centres. As social distancing is being lifted, we are able to further maximise the number of vehicles permitted on site at any one time. We do however ask that you continue to respect people's personal space when using the sites.

Face coverings for staff and users remain optional. Site staff will continue to clean touch points such as handrails on a frequent basis, however we would always suggest you wash your hands or use sanitiser after using the sites.  Although the sites can handle more vehicles, we still expect the sites to be busy and for there to be queues at peak times. Please remember you are not permitted to unload your vehicle whilst queuing. Users will only be allowed on site in order of arrival.

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 from other people and ensure they will dispose of your waste responsibly.

Do not visit a recycling centre if you are self-isolating or showing any symptoms of Covid-19. For more information please check the latest government guidance.

Getting rid of waste if you're self-isolating or have coronavirus

If you're asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because you're confirmed to have Covid-19, follow this advice to get rid of household waste. This is to make sure the virus doesn't spread via personal waste.

For waste that is heavily contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed in and cleaning cloths, you need to:

  • place securely in a plastic bag or bin liner
  • place this plastic bag in another plastic bag and securely tie it
  • store these bags separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before placing it in your general rubbish collection

Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.

How to reduce your waste at home

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

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Recycling centre policy and site restrictions

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