Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford, along with the rest of England, is now in lockdown until further notice. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.

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

The household recycling centres are run by Essex County Council.

ItemBin, box or sack
CDs and DVDs and their casesLocal recycling centre
Cereal boxesWhite sack for cardboard
ChargersGreen recycling box
Christmas trees (real)Brown garden waste bin
Cling filmClear sack for plastics
Clinical wasteClinical collection organised by us
ClocksGreen recycling box
Clothing (clean clothing that can be worn again)Green recycling box or charity shops
Coffee filter paperBlack non-recyclables bin
Coffee groundsFood waste bin


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: 27 November 2020

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