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What we can do with our waste


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Clothing/textile recycling banks

All our textile banks will not be emptied until further notice.

We have received notice from LMB, our textile recycling bank contractor that they have closed their operations due to a decrease in market value, and textile banks will not be emptied. 

Please store your unwanted clothing and textiles at home. We will keep residents updated when the banks re-open.

We are all encouraged to revisit our daily habits and try to reduce the amount of waste that we produce. From buying just what we need, choosing reusable items and products with reduced or no packaging, to select packaging that can be recycled or composted (if we have the facility to do so), there are many easy switches that can drastically reduce the amount of waste that goes in the refuse bin.

Before throwing something away, why not check if someone else in the community is interested in having it? 

There are a few ways to give new life to your unwanted items, and help the environment by creating less waste:

Charity Shops

Charity shops provide affordable, good quality items whilst raising money for charity. The below list shows the most common items charity shops will generally accept as a donation:

  • Clothes and shoes
  • Bags and accessories
  • Books 
  • Children's toys
  • DVDs, CDs and vinyl
  • Paintings and ornaments

For more details please contact individual shops. 

Textile Banks

Old and unwanted textiles can be taken to a textile bank located at one of the recycling centres in the Braintree district. You can view the Recycle Now website to find out what can go in a textile bank and where the nearest to you is.

Online groups

Online platforms help people give and get items for free in their community. They are a great way to support your local community and save items from being thrown away. The types of items you can give and get online range from furniture, clothing and children’s toys to soil, rubble or even pre-loved garden ornaments. You can pass almost anything on.

It’s easy and free to join Freegle – join your local Freegle group today: 

Braintree Freegle 

Sudbury and Braintree Freegle 

or check other groups like Freecycle or Preloved


The latest craze in ethical, eco-fabulous, social and fun fashion. Swishing refers to swapping an item or items of clothing, shoes, and accessories with friends and acquaintances. Parties must willingly give an item to participate in the transaction, then they are free to choose something of interest from what others have offered. 


Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic packaging, tins, cans, and aerosol cans can all be recycled in the clear recycling sacks that we collect fortnightly from your kerbside, or in communal bins.

Food waste is collected every week from your food bin and garden waste goes in your green wheeled bin. Glass bottles and jars, textiles and shoes can also be taken to your nearest recycling centre or recycling banks.

Book a bulky waste collection

If you're having a clear-out of bulky items such as furniture or white goods, call Customer Services on 01376 552525  and book a collection for a small charge or see all the options to give them a second life on this page.

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