Chelmsford City Council

Putting your bins out

If you live in a house

You need to put your bins, boxes and sacks on your property boundary by 7am on the morning of your collection day.

You can check your bin day online.

We will not collect your recycling and rubbish if you have:

  • used the wrong bin, box or sack for your items

  • overfilled your bin, and the lid does not fully close

  • put out black sacks to the side of your bin (side waste)

The only items we will collect outside of a bin, box or sack are:

  • clothes and paired shoes, if you put them out with your green recycling box in a tied carrier bag

  • small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE),  if you put it out with your green recycling box in a tied carrier bag

  • extra plastics, paper and card, if you put them out in separate clear bags on your normal collection day

If you have a large item that will not fit in your bin, you can  request a large item collection.

If you find it difficult to put your bins, bags and boxes out, you can request an assisted collection.


If you live in a flat

Many flats in Chelmsford have communal recycling bins, which we collect.

You can  check your bin day online.

If you do not have access to communal recycling bins, you can:

  • take your recycling to your local   Recycling Centre for Household Waste        
  • speak to your Property Management Agent, and ask them to contact us for more information

Collection policy

You can view or download our recycling and waste collection policy for more details.

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