IMPORTANT UPDATE Recycling collections suspended


Recycling Collections Suspended

Due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to stop all of our recycling collections, other than food waste, from tomorrow (25 March) until further notice 

This has not been an easy decision but means our resources can focus on the critical elements of the service; food waste, black bags and black wheelie bin collections in order to maintain public health and safety. The decision has also been made with the safety and welfare of our staff in mind taking into account government guidance issued on social distancing.


Households will be unable to report missed collections for these items, whilst this service is suspended and will only be able to report missed food waste or black bag/bin collections, if necessary. 


Bulky and special waste collections have also been suspended for the foreseeable future. 


The Council’s fly-tipping service and assisted collections are operating as normal and litter bins and dog waste bins will also continue to be emptied. 


Find out more about recycling collections being suspended.


 Guidance on rubbish collections

The Council is urging households to act responsibly and protect the health and safety of their communities and our staff delivering this critical service and prevent the spread of the virus through rubbish. 


Households are therefore being asked to follow the guidelines on the Love Essex website about how to safely dispose of household rubbish if someone is self-isolating or has coronavirus.  


The Council’s Rubbish Collections Exemption Policy which limits households to being able to put out one black wheelie bin or three 60 litre black bags on a Blue Week still applies but will be reviewed as the situation evolves.


On a Green Week, only food waste will be collected for the time being. 


For advice and ideas about how to reduce and reuse items, visit Love Essex’s website.



  Ideas to reduce your rubbish and food waste 

We are also asking everyone to think about ways they can reduce and re-use their waste items where possible. Here are some ideas: 



Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives. 


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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