Household waste and recycling

Strike action affecting bin collections

Unite, the trade union, has told us its members will be continuing the strike action they began on Tuesday 13 April.

This means there will be no household bin collections for any type of bin between Monday 10 May and Friday 28 May.

Helping you manage your waste

We are working hard to minimise the impact of the strike on residents.

Until Friday 28 May, to help you manage your waste, we ask you kindly:

  • do not put out any of your bins for collection – green/grey, blue or brown

  • rinse and squash your recycling before putting it in your blue bin so it can hold as much clean recycling as possible, ready for when collections restart

  • use the waste and recycling drop-off sites below if you don't have room to store waste at home or if you wish to dispose of unpleasant bagged household waste

Please do not report missed bins to us during this period.

Waste and recycling drop-off points

We have set-up 5 sites where you can drop-off items of recycling that would normally go in your blue bin, or waste that would normally go in your green/grey bin. All dropped-off items must be tied securely in bags. Only bags of small household items will be accepted.

Drop-off points are open from 19 April to 28 May, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 6pm, at:

The former Culver Centre site in South Ockendon, the former Billet site in Stanford-le-Hope, and the Hume Avenue site in Tilbury will also be open from 9am to midday, Saturday 8 May.

The staff and vehicles at these sites are not part of Thurrock Council. Please continue to follow government coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance when using these sites.

Further updates

We recommend you check this page regularly as we will update it when circumstances change.

Our discussions with trade unions are continuing and will continue to do all we can to minimise the disruption to your services.