Chelmsford City Council

White sack for paper

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.

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.

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: 07 December 2021

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