Between September and October, we deliver a roll of clear sacks to every household. The roll contains enough sacks for you to use one a week, and should last for 12 months.
We do not deliver any additional clear sacks for plastics, either to homes or local outlets, such as libraries or parish councils.
This is because we want to:
- reduce our use of single-use plastics, in line with our climate emergency declaration
- encourage residents to recycle more efficiently and not use the sacks for other purposes
To get the most out of your bags, we suggest that you wash, squash and put the lids back on plastic bottles. This will remove the air from the packaging and allow you to fit more in each sack.
We also recommend that you:
If you still need additional bags for recycling single-use plastics, you can buy clear bags from supermarkets, hardware shops or online retailers. We just ask that you make sure they are slightly transparent, so our collection operatives can identify the contents as plastic recycling.
You should not:
- use black bin liners
- take your clear sacks to an Essex County Council-operated Recycling Centre for Household Waste
They do not accept as many types of plastic packaging as our kerbside collection service and may not be able to recycle your plastic.