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Your waste and recycling is collected by Uttlesford District Council. Your nearest recycling centre is in Saffron Walden.


In Uttlesford your recycling is collected fortnightly in your green-lidded bin. Put these in:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Metal packaging
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, pots and trays
  • Cartons

Leave these out:

  • Black sacks
  • Nappies
  • Textiles and shoes
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic film
  • Garden waste
  • Food waste

Food waste

Food waste goes in your brown-lidded food waste caddy which is collected weekly. Put these in:

  • Raw and cooked fruit, vegetables, meat and fish including bones
  • Dairy products (no liquids)
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Bread and egg shells
  • Leftovers and plate scrapings
  • Cut flowers and house plants
  • Solid fats (no oils)

Leave these out:

  • Cardboard
  • Oils
  • Carrier bags
  • Black sacks

Garden waste

Uttlesford District Council’s garden waste collection service is available for an annual charge and is collected fortnightly for residents that have paid for this service. Put these in:

  • Hedge cuttings
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Plants, flowers, weeds
  • Prunings and twigs
  • Dead houseplants
  • Small branches (up to 7cm or 3in diameter)
  • Shrub cuttings

Leave these out:

  • Plastic of any kind
  • Metal, glass, cardboard or paper
  • Flower pots and seed trays
  • Kitchen/food waste including peelings
  • Windfall fruit
  • Animal waste
  • Soil, rubble or turf
  • Timber
  • General waste

Bulky waste

Uttlesford District Council offers a chargeable collection service for large items, such as a piece of furniture or a fridge. 

General waste

Your black-lidded non-recycling bin is collected fortnightly. Put these in:

  • Plastic film
  • Polystyrene
  • Pet waste/bedding
  • Dust/ash
  • Nappies, sanitary waste
  • Crisp packets/chocolate wrappers 

Leave these out:

  • Building rubble
  • Paint tins
  • Electrical items
  • Textiles and shoes (please take to a charity shop or textile banks)

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