News and ideas

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

Real Nappy Week 2017

Monday 24 April 2017 to Sunday 30 April 2017
Three cloth nappies hanging on a washing line, with the sky and clouds in the back ground
Today marks the start of Real Nappy Week 2017 - the biggest event in the cloth nappy calendar. This year Real Nappy Week will run from 24th to 30th April and is a great opportunity to tell friends about the financial and environmental benefits of using cloth nappies.

Plan ahead for your spring clean

Tuesday 4 April 2017
Women and man sorting out unwanted items in a garage
Save yourself a trip and avoid the queues at recycling centres by planning ahead this spring
Man stopping white van at recycling centre
Find out how to get the best out of your recycling centre in Essex
Landscape of a luscious green garden.
Find out where to collect some free compost near you and learn how to make your own at home.

Recommend a friend for a chance to win

Tuesday 7 March 2017 to Thursday 27 April 2017
Smiley baby lying on a pile of colourful laundry.
Get a friend with a child in nappies or who is expecting a baby to claim our £30 cloth nappy refund and YOU and YOUR FRIEND will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 in Love2Shop vouchers or a cloth nappy hamper worth £149. Terms apply.

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!
Landscape of a luscious green garden.
Find out about June's story of gardening and composting.
Red drinks can between two rocks, surrounded by long grass and a lake in the background
Find out how you can get involved in The Great British Spring Clean and help clean up your community.
January saw four significant prosecutions for fly-tipping in Essex, with many more in the pipeline.

Make the most of old electricals

Wednesday 1 February 2017
Man fixing a coffee machine with a screwdriver
Give broken electricals a new lease of life or find them a new home.
Recycle for Essex are working with SOUP in Essex to offer pots of cash to community groups willing to help their local area wise up to waste. We’re looking for individuals and groups to pitch ideas.
School children holding up clothes and smiling
Schools across the county have taken part in a competition to recycle old clothes and textiles.
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.

Love your clothes

Wednesday 16 November 2016
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.
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.
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.