Clear sacks

Using clear sacks

We provide clear sacks for your recycling waste. You should not use them for general refuse or garden waste.

We will not collect clear sacks that have general refuse or garden waste in them.

Putting the wrong items in clear sacks can lead to the reprocessing plant rejecting a whole lorry load, which is a waste of everybody's time and effort.

If our crews leave your clear recycling sacks behind with a red sticker it means they have noticed an item in them that our plant can't recycle. You should check the sticker to see which item has caused the problem. You then need to remove it and put your recycling out for collection on your next collection date.

What can go in your clear sacks

You can put most recyclable waste in your clear sacks bin such as:

  • empty aerosols 
  • cans and tins
  • cardboard boxes
  • clean foil 
  • greetings cards and wrapping paper (no glitter, foil or plastic-based wrapping)
  • newspapers, magazines and catalogues
  • clean and dry paper
  • plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • plastic tops, which you should screw back on the bottles

What can't go in your clear sacks

We can't collect your clear sacks if you put in:

  • bubble wrap
  • card or paper that is dirty, wet or greasy
  • cardboard food and drink cartons. There are bring banks for these; visit the recycle now website to find your nearest
  • clothes, shoes and textiles. There are bring banks for these; visit the recycle now website to find your nearest
  • crisp packets
  • food waste
  • garden waste
  • glass jars and bottles. There are bring banks for these; visit the recycle now website to find your nearest
  • hard plastic items (eg toys, cd cases, coat hangers)
  • metals (eg gas containers, paint tins and utensils)
  • nappies. You can look at our cloth nappies page for more information
  • plant pots
  • plastic film, wrapping or food bags and cling film 
  • polystyrene
  • refuse
  • small items (under 40 millimetres)
  • wallpaper

Clear sack request line

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 0800 074 8243