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.

Recycling in flats

Starting in September 2020, we will install new recycling Eurobins or wheeled bins at high-rise or low-rise blocks of flats. Eurobins look like the one shown at the end of this page.

We will also give a reusable recycling bag to every household in these blocks of flats. Information included with your bag will tell you what to expect when the new recycling bins are installed.

During the first half of 2021, we will provide single-use bags for residents of flats above shops or other commercial premises where communal recycling bins are not installed.

How to use your recycling bag

Recycling bags are reusable. They can hold an average of 2 or 3 days' clean recycling. You can keep your bag on the floor, in a cupboard or hanging on your door handle.

Your reusable bag is for:

  • storing items to be recycled
  • carrying items to the communal recycling bin

To check what can be recycled, go to our A to Z of waste and recyclable items.

Your reusable bag is yours to keep – please look after it.

Before putting items in your reusable bag or bin, please:

  • rinse out containers
  • squash or flatten containers
  • break up large pieces of cardboard

Don't leave your bag outside your flat on walkways or landings where it will be a hazard


Eurobins at high-rise or low-rise blocks of flats look like the one shown below.