Chelmsford City Council

Recycling services for business

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Sending materials to landfill comes at a cost, so by recycling, you can save your business money.

We charge per collection, regardless of how many bins you have or how big they are.

Collection options

MaterialCharge per collectionMinimum collection frequencyMaximum collection frequency
Food wastePrices on application (includes disposal charge)WeeklyContact us for details
Glass (bottles and jars)£6.50FortnightlyWeekly
Paper and card£6.50FortnightlyWeekly
Tins and cans£6.50FortnightlyWeekly

As a local authority, waste collections with us are VAT exempt.

All prices are valid until 31 March 2022.


You can recycle:

  • food and drinks cans
  • aerosol cans
  • aluminium foil and containers


You can't recycle:

  • metal utensils and cutlery
  • foil-backed plastic, such as crisp packets
  • gas canisters

You can recycle:

  • all food waste
  • bones
  • shells
  • tea bags and coffee grounds


You can't recycle:

  • food packaging
  • liquids and fats
  • pet food
  • plastic carrier bags

You can buy food waste liners from outlets and online. You can also contact us for more information.

You can recycle:

  • all empty and rinsed glass bottles and jars

You can't recycle:

  • broken glass
  • visionware and pyrex
  • window panes
You can recycle:

  • office paper
  • shredded paper
  • junk mail and brochures
  • envelopes
  • paper and hardback books
  • cardboard boxes
  • clean cardboard food packaging (non foil-backed)
  • greeting cards (non-glittery) 

You can't recycle:

  • wallpaper
  • waxed paper
  • food and drinks cartons 

You can recycle:

  • all plastic bottles
  • cling film and polythene wrap
  • carrier bags
  • food and drinks cartons (such as orange juice and milk)
  • food trays
  • yoghurt pots and butter tubs 

You can't recycle:

  • coffee cups
  • crisp packets
  • fruit and vegetable netting
  • polystyrene and bubblewrap 

You should rinse dirty packaging, and squash plastic bottles and put the lids back on.


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Last updated: 01 March 2021

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