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Getting the best from your recycling centre

Man being stopped at a recycling centre in a white van

Tuesday 4 April 2017


Residents are reminded that new rules were introduced last October at local recycling centres.
With the Easter and spring bank holidays just around the corner, many Essex residents will be planning DIY projects, work in their gardens, or just a general clear out of rubbish. Since last autumn, not all recycling centres accept heavy DIY and construction waste, such as kitchen units, bathroom suites and soil and hardcore. This kind of waste is accepted in small quantities at our larger sites, but residents should use skip services for larger projects.
Due to excess queuing and demand on our smaller sites, we also now prohibit access for commercial-type vehicles at our 12 smallest sites, so if you are planning on using such a vehicle to go to the tip, do check the recycling centre website in advance to see whether your local centre is affected.
Residents are also warned that paying unlicensed operator – often advertising on social media or in newsagents’ windows – to take your waste away, can end up costing you more than you bargained for! It is illegal for anyone to charge for a ‘tip run’ and attempt to dispose of waste at a council recycling centre, and often your waste will simply be dumped. All local councils employ enforcement officers who investigate incidents of fly-tipping, and the householder is equally as liable to a fine as the person you paid to take your waste away.
Finally, weekends and bank holidays are the very busiest times at recycling centres, so if you can make it on a weekday, you'll be in and out so much quicker! If weekends are your only option, do leave it later in the day, as sites are often a little quieter after 2pm.