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Your waste and recycling is collected by Chelmsford City Council.

Your nearest recycling centres are: 


In Chelmsford your green recycling box is collected fortnightly with the cardboard sack.

Put these in your green box:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cans, aerosols, food and drink cans - aluminium or steel
  • Clean aluminium foil and clean aluminium foil food containers
  • Clothes and paired shoes
  • Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in a carrier bag with the green box.

Leave out:

  • Broken glass, window panes
  • Vision ware / Pyrex or similar
  • Paint tins, metal utensils
  • Paper backed foil or crisp packets
  • Plastic bottles
  • Pillows or duvets
  • Carpets and mats


Plastics collections take place fortnightly on the same day as the paper collection.

Put these in your clear bags:

  • All plastic bottles - household cleaner bottles, shampoo bottles and medicine bottles
  • Plastic bottle lids
  • Ready meal and food trays
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Cling film and plastic film
  • Flower pots
  • Liquid food and drinks cartons (Tetra pak)

Leave these out:

  • Video/cassette tapes or CD/DVD cases
  • Plastic toys
  • Washing up bowls
  • Bubble wrap
  • Expanded polystyrene packaging
  • Polystyrene food trays
  • Large items such as garden furniture


Collections are fortnightly on the same day as your clear sacks for plastic and cartons. Put these in your sack for paper:

  • Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Catalogues
  • Junk mail
  • Yellow pages
  • Birthday and Christmas cards

Leave these out:

  • Wallpaper
  • Waxed paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Cardboard and brown paper

Cardboard sack

Collections are made fortnightly on the same day as your green box.

Put these in your cardboard sack:

  • Folded cardboard boxes
  • Cereal packets
  • Cardboard food packaging (not foil backed or waxed)
  • Toilet/kitchen roll tubes
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Brown paper
  • Brown envelopes
  • Wrapping paper (not foil or plastic, only paper-based please)

Leave these out:

  • Waxed paper/card
  • Food and drink cartons

Food waste

Food waste is put in your lined grey kitchen caddy. When this is full please tie the bag up and place in the outside food waste bin. Your food waste is collected every week

Put these in your caddy:

  • Raw and cooked fruit, vegetables, meat and fish including bones
  • Dairy products such as cheese and eggs (including shells)
  • Bread, toast, pizza, cakes, biscuits, croissants, pastries
  • Rice, noodles, pasta, beans, cous cous, cereal
  • Leftover food
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

Leave these out:

  • Food packaging and plastic bags
  • Drinks, such as tea or juice
  • Oil or liquid fat
  • Coffee filter paper

Garden waste

Garden waste is collected in your brown wheelie bin every fortnight along with the paper, plastic and carton bags.

Put these in your brown bin:

  • Grass and hedge cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Small bracken and twigs
  • Shrub cuttings and small branches
  • Windfalls

Leave these out:

  • Large stones, bricks, paving slabs and soil
  • Kitchen waste such as raw fruit and vegetable peelings}
  • Tea bags, egg shells, cardboard
  • Animal waste or litter
  • Large branches and household timber with nails and screws inserted
  • Nappies
  • Plastic bags, waxed packaging and polythene
  • Toxic waste and pesticides

Bulky waste

Chelmsford City Council offers a paid collection service for the removal of large items from outside your home. Large items include:

  • Televisions
  • Fridges/freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Sofas
  • Beds
  • Tables and chairs
  • Carpets

Non-recyclable waste

All non-recyclable household waste can be disposed of in your weekly black wheeled bin collection. Check the rubbish can’t be recycled or composted. All food waste should go in your food bin.

Leave these out:

  • Garden waste
  • Builders’ waste or asbestos
  • Gas bottles or clinical waste
  • Fertiliser, pesticides, paint, motor oils or other chemicals
  • Car batteries
  • Large bulky items
  • Battery operated or electrical appliances

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