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Grey wheeled bin

Grey wheeled bin

The grey refuse bin is only for waste that cannot be recycled or composted. Please make sure you are familiar with the Recycling pages and if you are still in doubt about where to dispose of any items, please visit 

What can go in:

  • Nappies and sanitary products
  • Tissue paper, napkins and wipes
  • Crisp and snack packets
  • Polystyrene packaging
  • Bubblewrap
  • Porcelain and ceramics
  • Hard plastics
  • Cling film, plastic film, cellophane and fruit nets
  • Wallpaper
  • Pet bedding

What can't go in:

  • Bricks, rubble, bags of concrete, plasterboard, asbestos
  • Commercial, industrial or clinical waste
  • Car/motorbike parts, tyres
  • Electrical items
  • House clearances
  • Hazardous waste such as batteries, pesticides etc

For more details on what can and cannot go in your grey wheeled bin view our Recycling and Refuse directory

Most kerbside-collected, black bag or ‘residual’ waste in Essex is currently processed at the Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) facility in Basildon. Recyclable materials such as paper, card and plastics are extracted from the black bag waste at the facility, manually and/or mechanically, and sent for recycling.

Only waste contained within the bin, with the lid shut, will be collected. Please do not leave additional bags on top or near the bin. 

Please note that leaving bins and/or waste out is in contravention of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  Your wheeled bin should be stored securely within the boundary of your property in between collections and put out for collection by 7am on the day of your collection, or at the earliest the night before.

If your bin has been lost or damaged you can request a new one by filling in our online form.