Chelmsford City Council

Green recycling box

We provide green recycling boxes for you to recycle items such as small electrical equipment, food and drink cans and clothing.

You can check what you can put in your green recycling box by looking at our list.

If you can't find the item you want to dispose of in this list, you can search by item instead.

ItemBin, box or sack
E-cigarettesGreen recycling box
Electronic and electrical equipment (small)Green recycling box
Electronic toys (small)Green recycling box
FoilGreen recycling box
Food tinsGreen recycling box
Glass bottlesGreen recycling box
Glass jarsGreen recycling box
Hair clippersGreen recycling box
Hair dryersGreen recycling box
Hair straighteners and curlersGreen recycling box


We collect the green recycling boxes every two weeks. You can check your collection dates by entering your postcode or address.

If you are recycling clothes or shoes, you need to put them in a tied carrier bag and leave them outside your green recycling box. We will only accept clean clothing that can be worn again, and shoes that are in a pair.

You also need to put our small electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in a tied carrier bag, and leave it outside your green recycling box.

Replacement box

You can order a new green recycling box online if yours is missing or damaged.

Our green boxes do not come with a lid, as they have holes in the bottom to let out rainwater. If your box originally had one, we will not replace it. 

What happens to items in your green box

You can find out more about what happens to your recycling.

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