Grey wheeled bin

Your grey wheeled bin is for:

  • Any general household waste that cannot be composted or recycled.  Only waste contained within the bin will be collected
  • Check that rubbish can't be recycled or composted before putting it in your grey bin
  • Don't use full sized refuse sacks; smaller parcels in kitchen bin liners and carrier bags take up less space
  • Don't forget that all food waste can go in your food bin

What items can't be collected:

  • Bricks, rubble, bags of concrete, plasterboard, asbestos etc
  • Commercial, industrial or clinical waste
  • Car/motorbike parts, tyres etc
  • House clearances
  • Sheds, coal bunkers, garage doors, oil tanks
  • Hazardous waste such as car batteries, pesticides etc

Excess Waste Tips

Cloth Nappies

On collection day is your bin filled up with disposable nappies?  Have you thought instead about trying cloth nappies for your little one(s)?  On average, each baby will get through between 4,000 – 6,000 disposable nappies but you’d only need about 25 birth-to-potty cloth nappies.  What’s more by using cloth nappies you could save £1,000 and this even takes into account the cost of washing cloth nappies. Additionally, Essex County Council is offering a £30 refund on the purchase of any cloth nappies or laundering service, per child.

Disposable nappies cannot be recycled and can take hundreds of years to break down. By using cloth nappies you will be reducing the impact on the environment by cutting down the amount of waste going into your black bin.

You can find out more about using cloth nappies on the Recycle for Essex website.
Give away your unwanted items for free
Before throwing something away, please try other options such as offering it to friends, neighbours, or people near you via a service like Freegle. You don't want it - but someone else might!
Items such as furniture, bikes, unwanted presents and toys can be posted online and sometimes within an hour they have been collected from your property.  Making it an easy and quick way to get rid of your items and meaning less waste in your bin and saving you a trip to the local recycling centres. You can find out more about local groups on the Recycle for Essex website.