Chelmsford City Council

Earlier collections

From Thursday 11 August 2022, we will start all waste collections an hour earlier than usual. You should put out your bins, boxes, bags and sacks by 5:30am on the morning of your collection. 

This is to help crews get their work done before temperatures peak during the day while we experience another heatwave. Most residents normally put their bins. boxes, and sacks out the evening before their collection, but we wanted to warn you about these changes in case you do this in the morning.

The earlier start time will remain in place until Monday 15 August 2022.

We are currently behind with our normal schedule for recycling collections from flats. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Search by item

To find out how to dispose of a particular item, you can:

  • browse a list of all items

  • enter the item into the keywords search

If you are searching, we recommend using general search terms, rather than searching for specific items. For example, it is better to search for "furniture" than "broken dining chair".


Hard to recycle items

You can view our collection point map to find locations where you can drop off hard to recycle items, such as contact lenses, crisp packets and medicine blister packs.

Special collections

We offer special collections for large items, clinical waste and incontinence waste. We also offer a free assisted collection service if you have difficulty moving your bins, boxes and sacks.

You can find more information and request a special collection.


Local recycling centre

You can find your local recycling centre.

Essex County Council manage the recycling centres. We will not be able to help if you contact us with a query about your local centre.

Each recycling centre has different opening times, restrictions and items that they do not accept. Before you go to your recycling centre, you need to check this information.


Information from Love Essex

Essex County Council's Love Essex gives advice about how to dispose of different items.

You can look at their information if your item is something we don't collect, and is something your local recycling centre will not accept.

Disposing of asbestos

We do not collect asbestos, and you can't take it to your local recycling centre.

You can request an asbestos collection from Essex County Council.


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Last updated: 28 September 2021

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