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.

What goes in your bins

Your coloured household wheeled bins take different kinds of waste.

Each household has 3 bins:

  • your blue bin is for recyclable waste
  • your brown bin is for garden waste and food waste
  • your green or grey bin is for non-recyclable waste

Putting the right rubbish in the right bin helps us to recycle properly. We won't collect bins with the wrong types of rubbish in them.

Side waste and excess bags or sacks will not be collected. Bulky waste is collected separately.

What to put in your 3 bins

Blue Brown Green or Grey
  • paper – newspapers, magazines, junk mail, loose shredded paper, envelopes
  • phone directories and catalogues
  • cardboard
  • aerosols
  • food tins
  • drink cans and cartons
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic food trays and yoghurt pots
  • Tetra Pak packaging
  • glass bottles and jars, but no other types of glass
  • no compostable bags, bio-degradable bags or any kind of bag or sack
  • grass cuttings
  • prunings
  • leaves
  • cut flowers
  • clean straw or hay
  • branches under 10cm in diameter
  • plate scrapings
  • vegetable peelings
  • meat and bones
  • egg shells
  • cooked and uncooked food
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • food waste may be wrapped in newspaper or kitchen paper towels
  • general refuse and pet waste
  • plastic bags
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs, but not fluorescent bulbs
  • glassware such as Pyrex and mirrors
  • sanitary products
  • nappies
  • food waste may be put in green or grey bins if wrapped in newspaper or kitchen paper towels

What must not go in your 3 bins

Putting waste in the wrong bin can contaminate the recycling process and increase the cost of waste disposal. Here's a list of items of items most commonly put into the wrong bin by mistake.

Blue Brown Green or Grey
  • plastic bags
  • plastic wrap or film
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs
  • Pyrex and Vision cookware
  • mirrors
  • children's toys
  • textiles or shoes
  • garden waste
  • food waste
  • liquids
  • bags or sacks of any kind, including compostable or bio-degradable bags
  • plastic of any kind
  • soil or mud, even small amounts
  • plant pots
  • pet waste
  • liquids
  • metal food or drink cans
  • glass bottles or jars
  • textiles or shoes
  • sanitary products
  • nappies
  • general refuse
  • electrical items such as microwaves, toasters and hairdryers
  • fluorescent light bulbs
  • recyclable waste
  • textiles, including duvets and pillows
  • garden waste
  • soil or mud
  • liquids
  • DIY waste, such as rubble, bricks, plaster or tiles

Where to dispose of items

Our A to Z of recyclable waste can help you check which bin to put your waste in, as well as suggesting other ways to dispose of unwanted items.