Clear sacks

Clear sack collections

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.

You can search and find more details on what can and cannot go in your clear sacks

Contamination in recyclable waste can lead to the reprocessing plant rejecting a whole lorry load, which is a waste of everybody's time and effort.

If our crews spot any obvious contamination, they will sticker and leave the relevant sack at your property. You will need to re-sort the waste and put the sacks out again on your next collection day.

Coronavirus

You should continue to disinfect bin handles and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time you put your bin out and bring it back in.

Remember, you should not put PPE such as face covering and gloves, in your recycling sacks. You should put these in your general rubbish collection, your grey bin or black sack.

You should read the government advice if you are self-isolating, either as a precaution or because you have Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Thank you for your continued messages of support and kindness you have shared with our staff and collection crews.

How to dispose of waste if you are self-isolating or have Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are self-isolating, either as a precaution or because you have Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should:

  • double bag all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in plastic bags or bin liners
  • store these bags separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before placing in your general rubbish collection
  • treat your regular household recycling and waste as normal. You cannot place tissues in your recycling

You can visit the Love Essex website for updates on the Coronavirus impact on waste services in Essex. 

When we collect

We collect clear sacks fortnightly all year.

You can find your collection dates on your collection calendar.

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

We will not collect recycling waste that isn't in clear sacks.

Putting your clear sacks out

You should put your clear sacks out for collection between the night before your collection and by 7:00am on the day of your collection.

Leaving bins or waste outside the boundary of your property between collections is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Assisted collections

We understand that not everyone is able to bring their waste to the collection point.

We offer assistance where there is a genuine need. You can find out more about requesting an assisted collection.

More information on recycling

There’s lots of information on how you can reduce waste, reuse and recycle. You can:

Customer Services

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,
Braintree,
Essex,
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525