Chelmsford City Council

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White sack for paper

We provide a white sack for you to recycle paper items, such as newspapers and magazines, and high quality cards, such as birthday and Christmas cards (without glitter).

You can check what you can put in your white sack for paper 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.

Our waste and recycling collections are currently running as normal, with no disruptions

The household recycling centres are run by Essex County Council. You can check the Love Essex website for announcements.

ItemBin, box or sack
Birthday and Christmas cards (without glitter)White sack for paper
BooksWhite sack for paper
BrochuresWhite sack for paper
Catalogues (with cover removed if they're plastic or cardboard)White sack for paper
Junk mailWhite sack for paper
MagazinesWhite sack for paper
NewspaperWhite sack for paper
PaperWhite sack for paper
Phone directoriesWhite sack for paper
Shredded paperWhite sack for paper


We collect the white sack for paper every two weeks. You can check your collection dates by entering your postcode or address.

Replacement sacks

You can order a new white sack for paper online if yours is missing or damaged.

You can also use other bags for your paper, as long as they are clear so that we can see what they contain. You need to put these bags out on your normal paper collection day.

What happens to your paper

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


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Last updated: 25 March 2020

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