Recycling side waste collections from 11 September

5 September 2023
Following feedback from residents, waste crews will begin collecting recycling side waste when they carry out recycling collections.
Residents will be able to leave a clear or white bag of recycling and large flattened boxes next to their blue bin on their scheduled collection day and crews will take them as part of the fortnightly recycling collection.

Leader and shadow councillor join food waste collection crews

27 July 2023
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Leader of Thurrock Council, and opposition shadow portfolio holder Cllr Valerie Morris-Cook joined crews as they collected food waste bins on Monday 24 July to see for themselves how the pilot scheme is going.
Around 6,000 homes in Thurrock are currently taking part in the scheme. They have been issued with food waste caddies and locking food waste bins. Food waste is then collected separately to be recycled.

Waste review to get services back on track

15 June 2023
Work will take place to review how the borough's bins are collected and a new interim service will see general waste collected weekly and alternate fortnightly collections of recycling and garden waste take place.
The review will look at all aspects of household waste collections to create to create a sustainable and reliable service which meets residents' needs and can be delivered consistently on budget.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Leader of Thurrock Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "It is clear that bin collections cannot carry on as it has been

Proposals for household waste collections

8 June 2023
Plans to improve the borough's household waste collections, including proposals for an interim solution for the collection of garden waste will go to Cabinet for a decision on Wednesday 14 June.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Leader of Thurrock Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "I am determined that the work will take place to create a long-term solution and ensure that a regular and reliable service is provided to residents while we do that.

Garden waste collections in Thurrock

23 May 2023
Brown bins will be collected in the week beginning Monday 5 June. The council will then focus household waste collections on general waste and recycling because of issues it is facing with waste crew staffing numbers.
Please do not put garden waste in your brown bin after the collection in the first week of June. No brown bin collections will take place until further notice following this.

Update on brown bin collections

21 April 2023
Brown bins are being collected across the borough next week from Monday 24 April. We will be collecting all brown bins whether you are 'Week 1' or 'Week 2'.
Please put your brown bin out from early on Monday 24 April and leave it out – it will be collected as soon as possible.
General refuse will be collected as usual.
We have put this temporary plan in place for next week to collect any garden waste which has built up in your bins. We are working hard to provide a consistent service and we apologise for any inconvenience.

Remember to separate food and garden waste

7 March 2023
Thurrock Council is reminding residents to dispose of food and kitchen waste in their grey or green refuse bin and only use the brown bin for garden waste.
Brown bin collections will continue as frequently as possible but may not take place on the normal scheduled day. The advice the council is giving residents is to put their bin out on their scheduled collection day and leave it out until it is collected.

Recycling fun at primary schools

14 October 2022
More than 1,000 pupils at 9 of the borough's primary schools have received a fun and engaging lesson in how important it is to recycle properly, thanks to a team from Thurrock Council and a special mobile classroom built into a waste truck.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "These fun interactive lessons are a great way to let young children know just how important recycling is and teach them the best way that they can recycle waste themselves.

Garden waste collections to restart from 17 October

12 October 2022
Garden waste collections are set to restart on Monday 17 October following a pause to allow a refresh and improve the service.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "I would like to thank residents for patiently bearing with us while we carried out vital work to refresh our household waste collection service over the last 2 weeks.
"Work has taken place to improve the service and we are now ready to resume brown bin food and garden waste collections from next Monday.

Bin lorry fire highlights dangers of flammable waste

7 October 2022
The importance of not disposing of flammable materials as part of household waste has been highlighted, after a fire broke out in the back of a Thurrock Council waste lorry yesterday (Thursday 6 October).
Following this incident, the council is asking residents to be careful not to put highly flammable items such as gas cylinders or batteries in their bins.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "The fire service had to be called to assist after waste in the back of one of our lorries caught alight as crews were making their collection rounds.