Chelmsford City Council

'Tis the Season to Recycle!

Christmas is the season of family and presents – and plenty of extra household waste. Chelmsford City Council would like to remind residents to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste this Christmas.

The Council sees a significant increase in waste produced over the festive period, so to help residents recycle as much as possible over the next few weeks, we have put together a handy guide of what to do with your accumulating Christmas waste.

Wrapping paper and Christmas cards 

Place non-foil backed wrapping paper and Christmas cards into your Paper Sack for collection or if you live in a flat, place in your Paper and Card recycling bin.

Remember, any paper/card with glitter cannot be recycled and must be placed in the general waste bin if you are not re-using them.

Food waste

All food waste, including bones, shells and ‘out-of-date’ food, should be placed in your food waste caddy - so please remember to recycle your turkey carcases, nut shells and vegetable peelings.


Flatten your cardboard and place in your cardboard sack to be collected. If you run out of room in your sack, flat pack cardboard and place it next to your cardboard sack. Make sure you place any smaller pieces of cardboard inside a cardboard box, so they do not blow away. If you live in a flat, please place cardboard into the Paper and Card recycling bin.

Mixed Plastics

Please rinse dirty packaging, squash plastic bottles and put the lids back on. Households can recycle their mixed plastics in plastic bags provided by the Council. If you live in a flat, please place your mixed plastics into the ‘Plastics’ communal recycling bin.

 Please note that Essex County Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres cannot accept bags of mixed plastics. Only plastic bottles can be recycled at the Recycling Centres.

Foil, cans, food tins and glass bottles

These items should be placed into your Green Box. In you live in a flat, cans, foil and food tins should be placed inside the communal bin for cans. Glass bottles and jars should be placed into the glass recycling bin.

Real Christmas Trees

Real Christmas trees can be chopped down and placed in your Brown Bin to be collected (lid must be shut). Alternatively, the Farleigh Hospice collect real Christmas trees for a donation of £5 in the following postcodes: CM0, CM1, CM2, CM3, CM7, CM8, CM9 and CM77. For more information and to register your interest visit or call 01245 457 411.

Christmas collection dates

Remember that your collection days may change over Christmas and the New Year period. Please check your recycling collection calendar or visit where you can look up your address which will include any details of alterations.

New Year clear out

If you are having a New Year clear out, then place any small electrical items and old clothing inside your Green Box for collection.  Larger electrical and furniture items can be taken to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre. If you cannot transport larger items to the Recycling Centre, a bulky waste collection is available for residential households. The charge for this service is £12 for one item, then £6 for each additional item. Visit for more information on this service.

Further details on the Council’s waste and recycling collection scheme is available at

If you would like to request one of our 'Recycling Easy Guides’ which gives further information on what households can and cannot recycle, please email

For more information on which items can be taken to Essex County Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres, please visit

Thank you to all Chelmsford residents for your recycling efforts and helping to create a more sustainable environment. We hope you all have a happy Christmas!

 Tuesday 18  December 2018

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