Chelmsford City Council

Recycling education and events

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We have an on-going programme of outreach work, to inform and educate residents on how they can reduce their waste.

You can also watch our  YouTube videos.

Each year, we open up the gates to Chelmsford's recycling, waste and street care depot to the general public.

This is your opportunity to see how we collect waste materials from over 70,000 households every week and find out what happens to it.

We will announce the date of our next open day in the coming months.

You can also visit our  Facebook page or contact us.

When it comes to minimising the impact of consumption on our environment, the best place to begin is by reducing what we use. Here are some ways that we can make a difference.


You can:

  • use a refillable bottle instead of buying bottled water (see or download the Refill app for more)
  • switch to paperless billing and read news online
  • bring our own shopping bags to the supermarket
  • take a reusable cup to the coffee shop, with many shops offering a discount
  • cut down on fast fashion and buy higher quality clothes that last longer
  • freeze food that’s close to its use-by date, such as bread to make toast



You can:

  • donate unwanted items and clothing to charity and community groups
  • advertise your unwanted items online using selling sites such as Gumtree, Facebook Sales, eBay and Shpock, or set up a stall at a local boot sale
  • upcycle our old furniture into something even better



You can: 

The Love Your Chelmsford programme encourages to volunteer in projects to improve the quality of our local environment.

We encourage residents, community groups, schools and businesses to volunteer in projects such as litter picking and tree planting. 

You can also find out about becoming a volunteer.

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Last updated: 14 September 2020

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