Household waste and recycling

Changes to household bin collections

From Monday 26 September to Friday 30 September there will be no blue bin collections. We will collect green/grey bins and brown bins from every household – that means 'Week 1' and 'Week 2' households will all have brown bins collected.

From Monday 3 October, brown bin collections are suspended until further notice for all households. We will collect green/grey bins and blue 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 tags

It's important you only put items that can be recycled in your blue bin.

If you put the wrong type of waste in your blue bin it can contaminate a whole lorry load of recycling. Contaminated loads cannot be recycled and are much more expensive to dispose of as waste.

If your blue bin is tagged

If you find an orange 'Ooops...' tag on your blue bin, it means we've found something inside that we can't recycle.

Bins that have been tagged will not be emptied.

You should look in your bin, take out anything that we can't recycle and put it in your green or grey bin instead.

We will come back to empty your bins on your next scheduled collection day.

We use bin tags so residents know why their bin has not been emptied.

Getting it right

You can check what types of waste can go in each bin at:

An example of a bin tag – front and back – is shown below.