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Household waste and recycling collections

Where your recycling goes

We take pride in our environment and have proved to be a well-performing District in terms of recycling and the amount of waste sent to landfill especially compared with other areas. We continually strive to become more sustainable, less reliant on landfill and improve our performance even further.

Thanks to the dedication of residents, the District has achieved a recycling rate of 61.5% as at December 2017.

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 are separated and then baled ready to be exported to Europe or the Far East where it is then processed and pulped ready for recycling into writing paper, tissue and new packaging.

Cans: The tins and cans that you recycle in your pink sack are separated at Essex Reclamation into steel and aluminium.  The steel is sent to a company called EMR in the UK and the aluminium is sent to Novelis, also in the UK. They are recycled to make new tins and cans.

Glass: Glass from your blue box is taken to Essex Reclamation where it is then transported to Berrymans depot in Dagenham for onward recycling.

Plastic: The plastic materials that you recycle in your pink sack are also taken to Essex Reclamation where they are separated and sent to reprocessors in the UK for onward recycling into new plastic bottles or recycled plastic items.

Food waste: The food waste you recycle in your green caddy is transported to a local Anaerobic Digestion facility where it is broken down and converted into energy known as Biogas.

Garden waste: Green waste is collected by Suez. Green waste is composted at a local site in Tolleshunt Major which is operated by B G Appleton Contracts. The compost is sold to local businesses and used by the Council for parks and green spaces.

Bring banks

Bottle & Can banks: Bottle bank glass goes to Berrymans depot in Dagenham

Textile banks: Textile banks either go to Salvation Army or L M Barry, a textile recycling company based in London. They also provide textile recycling in primary schools as a part of an educational programme.

Paper banks: Paper banks are emptied by Green Recycling, a local business, The paper goes from the banks goes to Newport Paper where it is baled and sent to reprocessors for onward recycling.