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Epping Forest

Your waste and recycling is collected by Epping Forest District Council. Your nearest recycling centres are Chigwell and Waltham Abbey.


In Epping Forest, your blue box is collected fortnightly Put these in:

  • Glass bottles and jars

Leave these out:

  • Bottle tops
  • Jar lids

Clear recycling sack

Your clear recycling sacks are collected fortnightly. Put these in:

  • Plastic milk bottle tops
  • Drinks bottles
  • Detergent bottles
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Rigid food containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Plastic bags
  • Drinks cans
  • Food cans
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Catalogues
  • Stationery
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Clean foil or foil containers

Food and garden waste

Your green-lidded wheelie bin is emptied weekly. Please put food and garden waste in loose or compostable bags that show the compostable logo. Food waste can also be wrapped in newspaper.

Put these in:

  • Raw and cooked fruit, vegetables, meat and fish including bones
  • Bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries
  • Dairy products such as cheese
  • Coffee grounds and teabags
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Leftover food
  • Branches less that 300mm in diameter and 1 metre in length
  • Cuttings
  • Dead flowers
  • Grass and leaves
  • Houseplants
  • Twigs
  • Weeds

Leave these out:

  • Soil
  • Turf
  • Plant pots
  • Plastic bags

Bulky waste

Epping Forest District Council offers a paid bulky waste collection service for the removal of large items from outside your home. Large items include:

  • Beds
  • Chairs
  • Sofas
  • Fridges
  • Washing machines

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 wheeled bin. Don’t forget all food waste should go in your food bin.

Leave these out:

  • Hardcore rubble
  • Cement
  • Builders waste
  • Soil
  • Turf
  • Asbestos
  • Polystyrene packaging

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