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Chelmsford

Your kerbside general rubbish and recycling is collected by Chelmsford City 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.

Chelmsford recycling collection

Items accepted in your fortnightly clear plastic 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
  • Plastic film such as cling film and carrier bags

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

Items accepted in your fortnightly white paper recycling sack include:

  • All paper including shredded paper, magazines and junk mail

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

Items accepted in your fortnightly white cardboard recycling sack include: 

  • All cardboard including cardboard boxes, egg boxes and cereal boxes

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

Items accepted in your fortnightly green recycling box include:

  • Glass bottles and jars with lids left on
  • Metal items such as tins, cans and aerosols
  • Small electrical items placed in a bag and either in or next to your green recycling box
  • Clean clothing and shoes placed in a bag and either in or next to your green recycling box

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

Items accepted in your weekly 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 food waste caddy.

Items accepted in your fortnightly brown garden waste bin include:

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

Find out more about items that are and are not accepted in your brown garden waste bin.

Chelmsford general rubbish collection

Items accepted in your fortnightly black general rubbish bin include:

  • Items which cannot be placed in your recycling containers
  • Nappies and incontinence waste
  • Polystyrene
  • Food pouches
  • Crisp packets
  • Bubble wrap
  • Medicine blister pack
  • Pet bedding and litter

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

Chelmsford 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 Chelmsford and book a collection

Chelmsford 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 Chelmsford City Council for a clinical waste collection.

Find your nearest recycling centre in Chelmsford

Recycling centres are for your own household waste only. Your nearest Essex County Council recycling centre in Castle Point is Chelmsford Recycling Centre and South Woodham Ferrers Recycling Centre. Please check recycling centre opening times and site restrictions before visiting.

Find out more about general rubbish and recycling in Chelmsford

Check your general rubbish or recycling collection day

Find out how to get a replacement container 

Report a missed collection

Book a special (bulky waste) collection

Request a clinical waste collection

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