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Changes to recycling centres

From 31 October 2016 business waste is not accepted at Essex Recycling Centres and trying to dispose of business waste at these sites is illegal.

Business waste can come from:

  • shops, offices, factories, restaurants or other business premises
  • people who run mobile businesses, such as beauticians, window cleaners or gardeners
  • tradesmen, such as builders, plumbers, tilers, and kitchen fitters
  • rubbish removal, handyman, man-in-a-van type businesses
  • people who work from home and have work-related waste.

Business waste illegally entering recycling centres puts a burden on local council tax payers. It makes sites more congested, inconveniencing local people disposing of household waste.

To prevent business waste disposal and improve the way recycling centres deal with household waste, from 31 October 2016, the centres listed below will no longer accept:

  • soil
  • hardcore
  • plasterboard
  • bathroom ceramics, including sinks, toilets and baths, and any tiles
  • fitted kitchen units and worktops
  • uPVC or wooden doors or window frames.

And will no longer give access to:

  • trucks
  • vans, including car-derived vans
  • pick-ups
  • any towed trailer with more than one axle.

Affected sites

At Essex recycling centres not listed above these restrictions will apply to the amount of waste:

a. in any 28-day period:

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


b. in any six-month period:

  • three large ceramic items, e.g. toilet or wash basin
  • one uPVC or wooden window frame
  • one uPVC or wooden external door
  • three wooden internal doors
  • one load including any kitchen units.

Light commercial vehicles can still go to sites not listed above, but will be checked to make sure they're not deposing of business waste.

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