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News and ideas

News from our recycling centres, waste management and ideas to help reduce your waste.

Compost bin in summer
Find out how to compost at home during the summer season.
A brightly coloured reusable coffee cup
We’ve already pledged now it’s YOUR turn, simply complete the pledge and you could win a KeepCup.
Heart made of items of furniture
No need to leave unwanted items in the back of your cupboard. Find out how to pass them on!
Compost bin in spring
Find out how to compost at home during the spring season.
A range of plastic items
Our top tips to reduce your plastic usage and protect the environment.

Love your clothes

Monday 8 January 2018
Woman holding a bundle of clothes
Unused clothing doesn't always need to be thrown away. See how a bit of love and care can give your clothes a new lease of life after you've finished wearing them.
Collage of images; The Essex Crowd, a dinosaur made out of waste electricals, car tyres made into flower beds and a garage full of items.
Have you got a community reuse project you want to make a reality? Find out how you could receive up to £1000 to support your idea

crime not to care

Monday 18 September 2017
Fly tip on country lane including a sofa
Find out why it's a #CrimeNotToCare about how your waste is disposed in Essex.
Freegle green heart logo
Freegle is an online platform which matches people who have an item to give away with people who need that item. By using Freegle you will be helping people within your local community and saving items from going to waste.
Man stopping white van at recycling centre
Find out how to get the best out of your recycling centre in Essex

How to run a give and take event

Wednesday 1 March 2017
Two people crossing hands to form a heart shape together
Find out how to run your own give and take to help people in your community!
January saw four significant prosecutions for fly-tipping in Essex, with many more in the pipeline.
Many items of unwanted furniture such as mirrors, lamps cushions, side boards and side tables
With online free item giveaway websites like Freegle and Freecycle, you can get furniture, bikes, unwanted presents and toys collected within hours.
Van entering recycling centre
From 31 October 2016, recycling centres in Essex will change how DIY waste is accepted and there will be new rules around vehicles.
Woman points to food waste in display
We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to advocate for waste reduction by advising Essex residents about food waste, reuse and home composting.

You just need a little spare time and plenty of enthusiasm!
Woman dropping tree clippings into compost bin
Compost garden waste with cheap home compost bins, water butts and more.
Man fixing a coffee machine with a screwdriver
Give broken electricals a new lease of life or find them a new home.
Smiling baby surrounded by piles of clean laundry
Purchase any cloth nappies and claim your £30 refund.

Would you fly-tip your waste?

Tuesday 13 September 2016
Sofa dumped on roadside rubbish heap
Fly tipping isn't just ugly, it costs end up with all of us.

Help us avoid an explosive summer

Wednesday 27 July 2016
Camper using gas cannister
Stay safe this summer by carefully disposing of your small camping gas canisters.

How to stop junk mail

Tuesday 26 January 2016
Junk mail sticking through a mailbox
Junk mail isn't just a waste of paper, it's really annoying. Here's how to stop it.