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Braintree

Your kerbside general rubbish and recycling is collected by Braintree District Council. Find out what is accepted in your general rubbish and recycling, as well as how to book a special collection or apply for a clinical waste collection.

Braintree recycling collection

Items accepted in your fortnightly clear recycling sack include:

  • Plastic bottles with lids left on. Including plastic cleaning, detergent and shampoo bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays such as yoghurt pots and ice cream tubs
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Metal items such as tins, cans and aerosols

Please ensure items are clean and dry before recycling. Find out more about items that are and are not accepted in your clear recycling sack.

Items accepted at your local glass recycling bank include:

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars with lids left on

Please ensure items are clean and dry before recycling. Find out more about items that are and are not accepted at your local glass recycling bank

Items accepted in your weekly green food waste caddy include:

  • Cooked and uncooked food waste
  • Fruit and vegetables including peelings
  • Newspaper if used to line your food caddy

Find out more about items that are and are not accepted in your green food waste caddy.

Items accepted in your fortnightly green garden waste bin include:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Shrubs, plants (including house flowers), weeds and leaves
  • Small branches

Please note, garden waste collections pause for three months over winter. Find out more about items that are and are not accepted in your green garden waste bin

Braintree general rubbish collection

Items accepted in your fortnightly grey general rubbish bin include:

  • Items which cannot be placed in your recycling containers
  • Nappies and incontinence waste
  • Polystyrene
  • Food pouches
  • Crisp packets
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic film, such as cling film
  • Medicine blister pack
  • Pet bedding and litter
  • Drinks cartons

Find out more about items that are and are not accepted in your grey general rubbish bin

Braintree special (bulky waste) collection

It may be possible for you to arrange a special or bulky waste collection for large items or electrical items from your household. Please note there may be a charge for this service.

Find out more about special collections in Braintree and book a collection

Braintree clinical waste collection

Clinical waste includes human or animal tissue, blood or bodily fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings and syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, that may put human health at risk.

Clinical waste is not accepted in your kerbside collection or at any Essex County Council recycling centre. Clinical waste produced by a healthcare worker during a visit to your home should be removed by them. For clinical waste that is generated at home by self-treatment, contact Braintree District Council for a clinical waste collection.

Find your nearest recycling centre in Braintree

Recycling centres are for your own household waste only. Your nearest Essex County Council recycling centre in Braintree is Braintree Recycling Centre and Witham Recycling Centre. Please check recycling centre opening times and site restrictions before visiting.

Find out more about general rubbish and recycling in Braintree

Check your general rubbish or recycling collection day

Find out how to get a replacement container 

Find out how to get more recycling sacks

Report a missed collection

Book a special (bulky waste) collection 

Request a clinical waste collection

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