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
- 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
- general waste
- paint tins
- drink cartons
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
- packing of any sort
- plastic bags
- oil or liquid fat
- pet food, bedding or faeces
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
- tree branches of less than 30cm circumference and 1m length.
- plastic bags
- plant pots, garden tools and ornaments
- metal, glass and plastic
- cat litter, dog mess, any animal waste or faeces
- soil or turf
- coal ash
- Japanese Knotweed
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
- bricks, rubble, bags of concrete, plasterboard, asbestos
- commercial, industrial or clinical waste
- car and motorbike parts and tyres
- house clearances - use bulky waste collection or local charity collections
- sheds, coal bunkers, garage doors and oil tanks
- hazardous waste, like car batteries, pesticides
- electric appliances - give these to a charity that accepts electric appliances for repair or resale.