Extra help recycling this Christmas

17 December 2018

It'll be easy to stay green over the festive period with extra recycling bags and special small electrical waste collections points available throughout the borough.

Clear blue bags for extra recycling can be collected from Thurrock libraries and community hubs between 17 December and 4 January. Excess recycling will be taken if it is tied up in clear blue bags put out next to bins between 24 December and 12 January on scheduled collection days.

As well as extra recycling at home, Thurrock Council will be running a series of drop off points where people can safely and properly dispose of small electrical items, such as kettles and toasters. Each collection point will be set up for one day only and they will visit Grays, Tilbury, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Orsett, South Ockendon and Aveley between 8 January and 14 January.

Cllr Aaron Watkins, portfolio holder for environment, said: "We know that there is often a lot of extra recycling for people to get rid of at Christmas, so we have made it easy by making sure residents can leave out extra blue bags and running our waste electrical disposal roadshow. We want everyone to have an enjoyable Christmas, so we want to make sure that recycling is as easy as possible throughout the festive period."

Maximising your recycling opportunities will help ensure there is ample space in your refuse bin. Numerous Christmas materials can be recycled including gift tags, Christmas cards, paper wrapping paper and washed silver foil from the turkey. Real Christmas trees can also be disposed of in your garden waste bin – just remember to chop it up to ensure the lid closes.

From 25 December 2018 to 11 January 2019, wheeled bin collections will be pushed back 2 or 3 days, due to the public holidays.