What Goes Where?

Plastic carrier bags are no longer accepted in your grey recyclables bin, please reuse these where possible. Many large supermarkets offer recycling for carrier bags and plastic film.

Below are details of what you can and can not recycle in your kerbside collection. For a full list of specific items please see the A-Z list on the right of this page.


The compostables bin is green with a yellow lid and is for food and garden waste only.

Compostables logoPlease put items into the bin:

  • Loose
  • Wrapped in a sheet of newspaper or
  • In a 100% compostable bag (compostable bags will have the logo to your right on them)

Carrier bags, black sacks and bin liners are not accepted in this bin.

Items you can put in this bin include:

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Raw and cooked food
  • Meat and fish (including bones)
  • Plate scrapings and leftovers
  • Eggshells
  • Teabags, tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Bread
  • Dairy products
  • Garden cuttings
  • Grass
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Branches (less than 30cm in diameter)

Please do NOT put soil/compost/sand, dead animals, pet food, animal bedding, treated wood or animal/human faeces in this bin.

Please note: Soil/compost is not accepted in the compostables bin as it does not compost down. Soil/compost also makes the bins very heavy which is a health and safety hazard. Compostables bins containing soil/compost may not be emptied. Please reuse soil/compost where possible and make sure you shake soil from rootballs and weeds.

Home composting and Love Food Hate Waste

Love Food Hate Waste logoWe actively encourage residents to take up composting at home.

It is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you throw away by making your own compost to feed your garden.

Recycle for Essex have teamed up with Straight to help you get started with home composting to offer special prices on compost bins for Essex residents:

  • Available in 2 sizes - 220 litres (at £8.98) and 330 litres (at £9.98)
  • If you buy 2 you get 1 half price (a £5.99 delivery charge per order applies)
  • They are made in the UK from recycled plastics
  • No assembly required
  • Guaranteed for 15 years

Find out how to take advantage of this offer and further information on why composting is great way to help your garden!

Do you love food, but hate waste?

The Love Food, Hate Waste campaign aims to teach people about how they can reduce their food waste. For money saving ideas, tasty recipes and more information on how to reduce your food waste please see the Recycle for Essex website in Related Content.


An image of the recyclables bin - grey with a grey lidThe recyclables bin is grey for households and flats have communal recycling bins with locked lids. The recyclables bin is for:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Tins and cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles and food containers
  • Food and drink cartons

Please ensure items are clean and placed loose into the bin. Black sacks, plastic carrier bags and bin liners are not accepted in this bin.

Items you can put in this bin include:

  • Aerosols
  • Newspapers, magazine and brochures
  • Office paper
  • Catalogues
  • Cardboard Greeting cards (no glitter)
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Clean foil and aluminium food containers
  • Yogurt pots and margarine pots
  • Plastic food containers
  • Plastic sandwich containers
  • Food and drinks cartons

Please note that shredded paper should not be placed loose into the bin, but should be placed into another paper item for example a paper bag or an envelope (NOT a plastic carrier bag) before placing this into your recyclables bin. If you do not have another paper item to place it into, it can be composted in your home compost bin (NOT your green and yellow compostables kerbside bin), or it can be used for small animal bedding. If these options are not available to you, as a very last resort, please place shredded paper into your non recyclables bin .

To recycle extra items please use the recycling bank sites located around the District. Here, you can recycle paper, glass, plastics, tins, cans cartons, textiles/clothes and small electrical items.

For more information please see the recycling banks page.

If you have a small amount of cardboard to recycle this can be placed next to the recyclables bin on collection day. All cardboard boxes should be flattened.

To find out what happens to our reyclables, check out this link

Non recyclables

an image of the non recyclables bin - grey with a purple lidThe non-recyclables bin is grey with a purple lid and is for items which cannot be placed into either the compostables or recyclables bins. This is the ONLY bin that black bin bags and bin liners can be used in.

Please note that building materials such as rubble, bricks and tiles CANNOT be placed into any of the three bins, as there is a chance that they could damage the mechanics of the collection vehicle.

If a contractor is carrying out work to your property, any building waste must be taken away by them as it is classed as trade waste.

If you are carrying out work to the property yourself, then any building waste must be taken to the Household Waste site in Castle Road, Rayleigh, collected by a registered waste contractor or you can hire a skip to place this material in.

Items you can put in this bin include:

  • Cling film
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic wrapping
  • Black sacks
  • Chocolate, crisp and biscuit wrappers
  • Polystyrene
  • Disposable nappies
  • Incontinence pants/pads/sanitary waste
  • Cat litter and animal faeces
  • Pet food
  • Cat food pouches
  • Animal bedding
  • Vacuum dust
  • Used tissues/cotton wool/cotton buds
  • Corks
  • Pots, pans and cutlery
  • Wood (small amount - treated)
  • Non-reuseable textiles (e.g. heavily soiled)
  • bandages and dressings


Kerbside textiles collection

blue textiles collection bagsEssex Textiles Ltd. provide a fortnightly kerbside collection for textiles on your recycling collection day in blue plastic sacks. Contact Essex Textiles on freephone 0800 787 9071 for a supply of blue recycling bags, or for missed textile collections. You can also call this number to receive a free 'call and collect' service from your door. Books can also be placed into these bags for recycling. Please place the bags at the side of your recycling bin on your recyclables collection day.

You can find more information about Essex Textiles Ltd in Related Content.

*Important information - We have been experiencing a high amount of textile theft. To help combat this please make sure your bags are out for collection at 7am on your recyclables collection day or you can use the free 'call and collect' service.

Household batteries

Batteries should not be placed in any of the kerbside bins. Please see the recycling banks page for where these items can be recycled.

Needles and sharps boxes

Under no circumstances should these items be placed into any of the three kerbside bins. Please place all needles into a sharps box and return the sharps box to the medical establishment that issued it to you. If they do not accept it, contact one of the following Health Centres, to find out if they will accept this.

Hockley Clinic 53 Spa Road Tel: 01702 578700

Hullbridge Clinic 130 Ferry Road Tel: 01702 577900

Rayleigh Clinic Eastwood Road Tel: 01268 366600

Raphael Clinic Old Ship Lane, Rochford Tel: 01702 549547