Let's recycle more!

Remember that most of the waste in your bin can be recycled! Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic packaging, tins, cans, aerosol cans and beverage cartons can all be recycled in the clear recycling sacks that we collect fortnightly from your kerbside. Food waste can be put in your food bin and garden waste can be put in your green-wheeled bin. Glass bottles and jars and textiles and shoes can also be taken to your nearest recycling centre or recycling banks.

If you're having a clear-out of bulky items such as furniture or white goods, call the Tendring Reuse and Employment Enterprise who will collect them for recycling.

Alternatively, you can recycle many items of household waste at your nearest ECC Recycling Centre for Household Waste at Springwood Drive, Braintree and Perry Road, Witham

Frequently asked questions: 

Q: Why don't you collect glass bottles and jars kerbside?

A: In order to collect glass bottles and jars kerbside, the Council would need to provide a special receptacle such as a kerbside box to every household.  We would also have to provide separate specialised vehicles and crews to collect glass and sort the different colours at the roadside.  This would be very expensive and there is no funding available to do this.

The Council has provided around 100 recycling centres all over the District for collecting glass. Please recycle your glass bottles and jars at your local recycling centre

Q: You don't collect textiles in the clear sacks so what do I do with old clothes and shoes?

A: Good quality clothes, shoes and other household items can be donated to local Charity shops such as the British Heart Foundation shop at 5 Great Square, Braintree. They will accept clothes, shoes, accessories, books, CDs, DVDs, computer games, mobile phones, cutlery & crockery, sheets & duvet covers. The British Heart Foundation website has details of what they can and cannot accept at their shops and stores and where all their local shops are located.

Alternatively, take your old and unwanted textiles to a textile bank located at one of the following recycling centres:

  • Recycling Centre for Household Waste, Springwood Drive, Braintree
  • Car park, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall
  • Village Hall, Church Street, Colne Engaine
  • Old BDC Depot, Yeldham Road, Great Yeldham
  • Butler Road car park, Halstead
  • Lay-by, Church Road, Rivenhall
  • Village Hall, Broadway, Silver End
  • Morrisons, Braintree Road, Witham
  • Newlands car park, Collingwood Road, Witham
  • Recycling Centre for Household Waste, Perry Road, Witham
  • BDC Causeway House, Braintree

Got an old electrical item that has lost its spark?

The textile banks listed above can now take small electrical items such as hairdryers and irons for recycling. Put them in a carrier bag, tie the top and put them in one of these textile banks.