IMPORTANT UPDATE about garden waste collections


Garden Waste Collections Suspended

Due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to stop our garden waste collection service from tomorrow (24 March) for the foreseeable future.  


We’ve taken this decision so we can focus on public health, safety and community support, whilst prioritising the remainder of our waste and recycling service; food waste, black bags/bins and paper, plastic, cans, glass and textiles recycling.  


We’re aware spring is a busy time for gardeners and apologise for any inconvenience this causes but we hope that you will understand our decision and make use of some of the ideas and tips below. 


During this time, garden waste collections can’t be reported as missed collections. 


Find out more about garden waste collections being suspended.


 Garden waste ideas and tips:

  • add garden waste to your home composter or ask your neighbour about adding it to theirs
  • use grass cuttings as mulch
  • cut up and compact your garden cuttings and clipping as much as possible to reduce the volume and help store your garden waste
  • hold off on some or all of your gardening tasks until the service resumes

Composting at home is a quick, easy and cost-effective method of clearing away garden waste and making a free supply of compost to use in your garden. Whether it’s vegetable peelings and eggshells from the kitchen, compostable products, shredded paper or the cuttings from the lawnmower, simply throw it in your compost bin and it will gradually break down to produce environmentally-friendly compost.

For advice about home composting, including how to make your own composter, visit Love Essex’s website.


  Other ideas to reduce your rubbish and recycling

  • Use leftover food - Love Food, Hate Waste website is a great website for ideas for using up leftovers
  • Squash and waste your plastic bottles and cans so they take up less space in your containers
  • Repair and reuse items


Please continue to check our dedicated webpage at and our social media channels to keep informed of the latest news on the council’s work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and any changes to its services.

For the latest public health guidance visit

We thank you for your patience and understanding and wish you well during this time.

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