Household waste and recycling

Changes to wheeled bin collections

To make sure our waste collection service is fit for the future, we're making changes to bin collections from Monday 8 April 2024. This includes a subscription service for garden waste collections.

From Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April we will empty blue bins from every street in Thurrock.

Food recycling bins

Since 19 June 2023 we've provided a food waste collection service for a limited number of households in Thurrock. We're doing this in a limited way – a 'pilot scheme' – so we can make sure it's a success before providing it to all Thurrock households.

Streets taking part in the pilot scheme are listed at the end of this page.

We plan to provide this service to all Thurrock households later in 2024.

How it works

Each household is given:

  • a grey food waste caddy to keep in the kitchen
  • a roll of green compostable bags to put in the caddy as a liner for food waste
  • a small green food recycling bin, into which you can put tied liner bags for us to collect

Leave your food recycling bin out with your other bins on your usual collection day each week.

You must make sure the lid of the bin is fully closed. We'll remove all the tied liner bags from inside and take them away for recycling.

Never leave bags of food waste outside your food recycling bin – we will not collect food waste left outside your food recycling bin.

When your first roll of compostable bags has been used, you can buy more compostable bags from local shops or you can fold food waste carefully in newspaper.

You must not use ordinary plastic bags for food waste, only compostable bags.

What you can recycle

You can recycle all types of solid food waste as long as you remove the packaging. This includes eggshells, bones and teabags.

You must not use your food recycling bin for:

  • oil or liquid fat
  • liquids such as milk
  • packaging of any kind
  • ordinary plastic bags such as carrier bags – only use the liner bags we provide
  • anything else that's not food waste

Use our A to Z of waste and recyclable items to check what you can put in each of your bins.

Avoiding smells

As your kitchen caddy is smaller than your ordinary waste bin, you can empty it more often. This will help to avoid any unwanted smells.

Using a liner and washing out your caddy regularly will also help prevent smells.

Preventing flies

You can prevent your food waste from attracting flies by:

  • always putting it straight into the caddy and not leaving it out in the kitchen
  • keeping the lid of your caddy fully closed when not in use
  • tightly sealing your liner before putting it in your food recycling bin
  • regularly washing your caddy
  • keeping the lid of your food recycling bin fully closed when not in use.

It's most important to follow the advice above during hot weather. If you don't follow this advice and food waste is left in the open, it may attract flies that lay eggs and produce maggots.

What happens to your food waste

The food waste we collect gets broken down to create methane gas. This methane is stored and safely converted into a type of gas that can be used to make electricity, heat or transport fuels. Any remaining waste can be recycled as a fertiliser for crops or for land regeneration.

If food waste goes to landfill instead of being recycled, it rots and releases methane into the air. When methane is in the atmosphere it can be 2.5 times more harmful than carbon dioxide as a 'greenhouse' gas. As these gases build up, they can trap too much of the sun's heat and lead to dangerous climate change.

Missed collections

If your food recycling bin was put out for collection before 6am on your collection day but it is not collected and no explanation is given, you can report it the next day as a missed bin.

When you report a missed food bin you may receive an automated email saying we'll return for the missed bin on your next collection day. For food recycling bins, however, we intend to return within 2 working days (Monday to Friday, unless collection days are changed for public holidays) from the day you report it.

Household taking part in the pilot scheme

We sent a letter and leaflet to households taking part in the pilot scheme, sharing the information on this web page. If you lose your leaflet, we cannot provide a replacement printed leaflet but you can download a copy below.

Where the pilot scheme is taking place

During the pilot scheme, food waste collections are limited to 6,000 properties in the streets listed below. Flats and some other properties in these streets will not be part of the pilot scheme.

Aveley:

  • Aveley Close
  • Barrett Way
  • Belhouse Avenue
  • Belhus Park Lane
  • Belhus View
  • Bredle Way
  • Brinson Way
  • Broome Place
  • Bumpstead Mead
  • Chichester Close
  • Courts Way
  • Crescent Way
  • Dacre Avenue
  • Dacre Crescent
  • Elm Road
  • High Street
  • Lennard Row
  • Marshfoot Close
  • Martin Road
  • Meadow Drive
  • Mill Field Way
  • Park Lane
  • Park View
  • Ship Lane
  • Stanford Gardens
  • Stifford Road
  • Tany Mead

Bulphan:

  • Albert Road
  • Brentwood Road
  • China Lane
  • Church Lane
  • Church Road
  • Dunnings Lane
  • Fen Close
  • Fen Lane
  • Harrow Lane
  • St Marys Lane
  • Stanley Road
  • Victoria Road
  • Warley Hall Lane

Grays:

  • Balfour Road
  • Barnmead Meadow
  • Buxton Road
  • Carlton Road
  • Chadwell Road
  • Colburn Way
  • College Way
  • Crofton Road
  • Culverin Avenue
  • Dartview Close
  • Denecroft Gardens
  • Gordon Road
  • Grangewick Road
  • Grangewood Avenue
  • Green Lane
  • Hazel Gardens
  • Heathland Way
  • Hillside
  • Hollowfield Avenue
  • Ingram Road
  • King Edward Drive
  • Lenmore Avenue
  • Mallins Way
  • Malvern Road
  • Masefield Road
  • Meadway
  • Northfields
  • Nunns Way
  • Oval Gardens
  • Parkside
  • Rectory Road
  • Ridgeway
  • Rogers Road
  • Sawcotts Way
  • Stanford Road
  • Toft Avenue
  • Torel Way
  • Whitehall Road
  • Wood View
  • Woodlands Close
  • Woodside Close

Orsett:

  • Baker Street
  • Bloomfield Walk
  • Bonham Drive
  • Brentwood Road
  • Cassell Close
  • Conways Road
  • Daltons Shaw
  • Fen Lane
  • Fordhams Row
  • Herga Hyll
  • Hew Watt Close
  • High Road
  • Lodysons Close
  • Malting Lane
  • Medbree Court
  • Mill Lane
  • Paddock Close
  • Parkers Farm Road
  • Parkway
  • Penn Close
  • Pound Lane
  • Prince Charles Avenue
  • Randall Drive
  • Rectory Road
  • Ridgwell Avenue
  • Rowley Road
  • Rutledge Close
  • School Lane
  • Shelford Close
  • St Giles Close
  • Stifford Clays Road
  • The Green
  • The Spinney
  • Wingfield Drive
  • Woolings Close

Purfleet-on-Thames:

  • London Road

Stanford-le-Hope:

  • Alderman Walk
  • Andrew Close
  • Anthony Drive
  • Avondale Gardens
  • Beckett Drive
  • Blythe Road
  • Central Avenue
  • Churchill Crescent
  • Failand Mews
  • Foxfield Drive
  • Gideons Way
  • Graham Close
  • Hall Close
  • Havis Road
  • Hobhouse Road
  • Hope Avenue
  • Kathleen Close
  • Kelvinside
  • Leonard Mews
  • Magnolia Place
  • Northlands Close
  • Oxley Gardens
  • Pelham Place
  • Penny Lane
  • Pugh Place
  • Regan Close
  • Rodings Avenue
  • Rose Valley Crescent
  • Second Avenue
  • Silverdale
  • Silverdale East
  • Third Avenue
  • Tudor Avenue
  • Turold Road

Tilbury:

  • Arkwright Road
  • Central Avenue
  • Chadfields
  • Chapel Road
  • Christchurch Road
  • Elgar Gardens
  • Gainsborough Avenue
  • Lansbury Gardens
  • Manor Road
  • Mulberry Way
  • North View Avenue
  • Ottawa Road
  • Poynder Road
  • Quebec Road
  • Queen Elizabeth Place
  • Raphael Avenue
  • South View Avenue
  • Spencer Walk
  • Spindles
  • St Chads Road
  • Stephenson Avenue
  • Sullivan Road
  • Tilbury Gardens

West Horndon:

  • Brentwood Road
  • Dunnings Lane
  • St Marys Lane

West Thurrock:

  • Abberton Way
  • Buttermere Way
  • Carrowmore Close
  • Dovestone Close
  • Draycote Road
  • Killarney Crescent
  • Loweswater Way