Household waste and recycling

Changes to household bin collections

From Monday 3 October, brown bin collections are suspended until further notice for all households. We will collect blue and green/grey bins from every household. Food and other waste that could make a bad smell can be put in your green/grey bin.

From Monday 3 October until Friday 7 October, we will collect up to 2 clear plastic bags of recycling side waste. Please flatten your side waste as much as possible. You can collect plastic bags at Thurrock libraries from Wednesday 28 September, while supplies last.

Please share this information with friends and neighbours in Thurrock. We apologise for any inconvenience, caused by a UK-wide shortage of HGV drivers affecting numbers of staff available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Bin lorry naming competition

This year we'll be replacing 20 of our old bin lorries. Just like the old vehicles, each new bin lorry will have its very own name written on the front.

We're asking children in year 5 or year 6 at a Thurrock primary school to help us name our new lorries.

How to take part

Children can take part by thinking of a name for a bin lorry then, using one of our competition forms, drawing a picture to go with it.

The picture must be based on the earth, climate change or the environment.

You can get competition forms at Thurrock libraries from 25 July 2022, or download them below and print them on an A4 page. There are 3 forms to choose from. Children can either draw on a plain form, or in a lorry outline, or in a circle of leaves.

Parents and carers should complete the form for their child by writing on it clearly:

  • the child's first name
  • the child's age
  • the name of the child's primary school
  • the email address or phone number of a parent or carer

Completed forms must be put in one of the competition boxes that will be at all Thurrock libraries between 25 July 2022 and 31 October 2022.

Make sure you don't pick one of the names of our current bin lorries.

Each of the top 20 entries will have their drawing and bin lorry name printed on a lorry, together with their own first name and the name of their school.

Only one competition entry is allowed for each child taking part.

Full terms and conditions are provided below. The competition closes on 31 October 2022.

Our new bin lorries

The photo below shows one of our new bin lorries.

Terms and conditions

Full terms and conditions for this competition are as follows:

  • all children submitting an entry must have permission to take part in the competition from a parent or a carer
  • this competition is open to children in school year 5 or year 6 who attend a primary school in Thurrock
  • entries can be submitted directly to participating libraries or through their school
  • only one entry will be allowed per child
  • the submitted picture must be accompanied by the child's first name, age, the name of their primary school and the email address or phone number of a parent or carer in the designated area of the template
  • any drawings or names that could cause offense will be excluded
  • new suggested names for bin lorries should not include the names of our current bin lorries
  • the competition will close midnight on 31 October 2022, and winners will be contacted by 12 December 2022
  • 20 winning entries will be selected by Thurrock Council
  • the selection decisions are final, and we will not enter into correspondence
  • the winning child's parent or carer will be notified through the contact method provided – either email or phone – if the winners are contacted by phone, this will appear as a withheld number on their caller ID
  • we will make 3 attempts to contact the winners and if a response is not received within 3 working days, an alternative entry will be selected
  • by submitting an entry to the competition, permission is given for Thurrock Council to reproduce the design on a new bin lorry, along with your first name and the name of your school, and to also use the picture to promote this event
  • the winning children may be asked if they are willing to take part in publicity – including a photograph or video – for the outcome of the competition
  • all personal data collected will be held by Thurrock Council and will not be used for any other purposes other than administrating this competition – the data held by the council will be destroyed within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the competition
  • entries will not be returned
  • the competition will be governed by English law

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