Waste collection refresh

23 September 2022
After a number of issues with bin collections, Thurrock Council has decided to hit the refresh button to get back on track.
This is going to mean some changes over the coming weeks:

Eco protestors cause significant disruption to waste collections

24 August 2022
Thurrock Council has been forced to suspend garden waste collections for the rest of the week because of the actions of protestors who have forced the closure of one road and traffic restrictions on another near Thurrock Council's Oliver Close waste depot in West Thurrock. General waste and recycling collections will also be delayed as a result of the protests.

Waste changes to take place in September 2023

29 July 2022
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Environment, outlined at the Full Council meeting on Wednesday (27 July) that plans to introduce weekly food waste collections and other improvements to household waste services to drive up recycling, have been put on hold until 2023.

Extra capacity to help get waste collections back on track

27 April 2022
Extra capacity has been added to Thurrock Council’s household waste service to catch-up missed collections and help the service get back on track as quickly as possible. This follows disruption caused by oil protests and operational issues.
To further support the service to catch-up, waste collections will take place this Saturday and again on Bank Holiday Monday. Residents should leave uncollected bins out on Saturday and take their bins out for collection on the usual day next week, even on Monday 2 May.

Extra capacity will help household waste collections get back on track

23 April 2022
In order to address the issues in the waste service caused by recent oil protests as well as operational factors, 14 vehicles and crew were out in many parts of the borough today (Saturday 23 April).
On Monday 25 April, the waste service will be working to the normal collection day, so if your normal collection is on a Monday then the crews will attempt to collect that day. Where there have been missed bins and delays, additional capacity is being added to the service in order to catch up as quickly as possible.

Council taking action to improve waste collection service across the borough

22 April 2022
Thurrock Council apologises unreservedly to those households in Thurrock who have seen disruption to their waste collection – this has been below the high standards residents should rightfully expect and the standards the council sets itself in delivering this service.
The recent Just Stop Oil protests caused some significant delays in bins being collected, with waste crews unable to gain access to the depot on a number of days. In addition, operational factors have further impacted the effective delivery of the service in some areas of the borough.

New waste vehicles coming to Thurrock

24 March 2022
The first new waste collection vehicles, which are part of a £4.6million investment in household waste collection in Thurrock, have arrived at Thurrock Council's waste depot.
In the coming months, a total of 21 waste collection vehicles will come into use to replace the current fleet. these will allow the introduction of food waste collections and help improve household waste collections.

Waste collections during freezing weather

11 February 2021
Following snow and freezing conditions this week (8-12 February), there has been disruption to household refuse collections which has meant that bins and waste has not been collected from many homes in Thurrock.
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for environment, said: "The conditions this week have meant we needed to take a tough decision to temporarily suspend waste collections to prioritise staff safety. Attempts which were made were not possible, with instances of the lorries skidding over ice.

Households benefit from flats recycling scheme

10 November 2020
More than 2,000 households in blocks of flats across Thurrock now have access to recycling facilities.
During September and October, 222 new recycling Eurobins or wheeled bins were rolled-out in 47 high-rise and low-rise blocks across the borough, including South Ockendon, Grays, Purfleet-on-Thames, Corringham and Tilbury.
Residents in these blocks also received recycling packs, including advice and guidance and a new recycling waste bag to help them sort recycling from general waste.