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Where your recycling goes

We take pride in our environment and have proved to be a well-performing District . We strive to become more sustainable and less reliant on landfill.

Thanks to the dedication of residents, the District has achieved a recycling rate of 58.00% as at March 2022.

Kerbside collections

Paper and card

Paper and card that you recycle in your pink sack goes to Essex Reclamation in Witham. The paper and card go to Europe or Asia for recycling into writing paper, tissue and new packaging.


The tins and cans that you recycle also go to Essex Reclamation. The steel tins go to a company called EMR in the UK and the aluminium goes to Novelis, also in the UK for onward recycling.


Glass from your blue box goes to Essex Reclamation and it is sent for onward recycling into new glass bottles and jars.


The plastics that you recycle in your pink sack also goes to Essex Reclamation. They then go to reprocessors in the UK to be recycled into new plastic bottles or recycled plastic items.

We are unable to recycle plastic film and this should go in your grey wheeled bin.

Food waste

Food waste goes to a local facility and it is converted into energy known as Biogas.

Garden waste

Garden waste goes to a local site in Tolleshunt Major, operated by BG Appletons Contracts

Bring banks

Bottle and can banks

Bottle bank glass goes to  URM Group depot in Dagenham 

Textile banks

Textile banks are emptied by Essex Textiles

Paper banks

Paper banks are emptied by Green Recycling, a local business.


The small remaining amount of waste that cannot be recycled or turned into energy goes to Landfill sites located within the East of England. Fortunately, this is a small amount compared to what is able to be recycled or used for energy production. In time, we hope to stop putting waste into landfill and be able to recycle all waste that is collected.