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Your waste and recycling is collected by Braintree District Council. Your nearest recycling centres are Springwood Drive and Witham.

Recycling waste

In Braintree your recycling is collected fortnightly in your clear plastic bags.

Put these in your recycling bags:

  • newspapers, magazines and catalogues
  • paper, junk mail and envelopes
  • greetings cards and wrapping paper that's made of paper
  • shredded paper
  • cardboard boxes, cardboard food packaging, toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes
  • clean foil
  • food and drink cans
  • aerosol cans
  • plastic bottles and plastic packaging
  • yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and ice cream tubs
  • plastic food trays, fruit and vegetable punnets and plastic ready-meal trays
  • empty plastic carrier bags

Leave out:

  • food waste and garden waste - use your food waste caddy or green bin, or try home composting
  • glass bottles and jars
  • clothes and shoes
  • gas containers
  • metal utensils
  • polystyrene, plastic film, cling film
  • hard plastic items such as toys, video tapes, CD cases, coat hangers, plant pots etc.
  • crisp packets, biscuit wrappers and foil-type wrapping paper
  • bubble wrap
  • wallpaper
  • general waste
  • nappies
  • paint tins
  • drink cartons

Food waste

Please put food waste into your food waste caddy. This is collected weekly.

Put these in your food waste caddy:

  • raw and cooked fruit, vegetables, meat and fish including bones
  • eggs and dairy products - like cheese, milk and yoghurt
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • uneaten food from plates and dishes
  • tea bags and coffee grounds

Leave out:

  • glass
  • packing of any sort
  • plastic bags
  • liquids
  • oil or liquid fat
  • pet food, bedding or faeces

Garden waste

Garden waste goes in your large green bin. It's collected weekly.

Put these in your green bin:

  • grass cuttings
  • shrub prunings and hedge trimmings
  • garden weeds, plants and leaves
  • flowers
  • tree branches of less than 30cm circumference and 1m length.

Leave out:

  • food
  • plastic bags
  • plant pots, garden tools and ornaments
  • metal, glass and plastic
  • cat litter, dog mess, any animal waste or faeces
  • nappies
  • soil or turf
  • coal ash
  • Japanese Knotweed

Bulky waste

Braintree’s bulky waste collection is handled by re-use and recycling charity TREE - call 0300 11 11 007 to ask for a collection.

Non-recyclable household waste

All non-recyclable household waste can be put in your fortnightly grey wheeled bin collection. Check that rubbish can't be recycled or composted before putting in your grey bin. Don’t forget that all food waste should go in your food bin.

Put these in your grey bin:

  • all non-recyclable things

Leave out:

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