Number of waste drop-off sites increased across the borough

11 May 2021
Additional temporary waste drop-off sites have been created this week to give residents more opportunities to dispose of household waste not collected because of Unite trade union strike action.
Two new sites in Belhus and Blackshots opened today (Tuesday 11 May), with plans for another new site in Orsett also being made. These are in addition to the 5 temporary sites which have been operational for the last 3 weeks. The new sites are:

Council disappointed extended strike by Unite will impact all household waste collections

7 May 2021
Thurrock Council is disappointed that Unite, the trade union, has confirmed plans to extend its strike action – meaning that no household waste collections are expected to take place between Monday 10 May and Friday 28 May.
The extended action will cover the entire working day, meaning striking waste collection crews will not work at all on any weekday during that period, preventing household waste collections from taking place. In previous weeks, striking crews have collected waste between 6am and 9am. This will cease from Monday.

Thurrock local election results announced

7 May 2021
The results of Thurrock Council’s elections have been announced.
Elections took place in 17 of the borough's 20 wards yesterday (Thursday 6 May). The results mean the Conservative party remains in overall control of the council. The new totals of councillor seats are:

Refuse collections will take place on bank holiday Monday

29 April 2021
Refuse collections will take place on bank holiday Monday (3 May) as waste crews will be working a full day collecting green/grey bins.
The industrial action in which members of the trade union, Unite are currently taking part does not include the bank holiday. This means a full refuse collection will take place that day.

Thurrock Council deeply disappointed at strike extension plans

23 April 2021
Thurrock Council is extremely disappointed that Unite, the trade union, plans to extend strike action by a further 3 weeks from Monday 10 May.
The council has been informed that this extension to strike action, which was expected to end on Friday 7 May, will see all out action covering the 3 week period by Unite members causing further unnecessary and costly disruption to waste collection services and residents across the borough.

Waste drop-off sites trial Saturday opening

23 April 2021
Tomorrow (Saturday 24 April) 3 drive-through waste drop-off sites will be open from 9am until midday for residents to dispose of bagged household waste.
There are usually 5 drop-off points open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. As a pilot, this weekend 3 of the sites will be open on Saturday morning as well:

Toy supplier fined over dangerous goods

20 April 2021
A Thurrock-based company and its director have been forced to pay out more than £4,100 after they failed to follow advice to ensure imported toys met proper safety standards and did not pose a danger to children.
JL Supplies Ltd was fined £600 and ordered to pay £937 costs and £60 victim surcharge. Company director, Jonathon Laidlaw was fined £1,400 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £140 victim surcharge after pleading guilty at Southend Magistrates Court, on 14 April 2021, to importing and supplying unsafe toys that could have hurt children.

Council works to minimise refuse disruption as Unite the Union strike action continues

19 April 2021
Despite strike action beginning on Tuesday 13 April, the majority of household refuse waste collections were made across the borough last week and plans are in place to continue collections this week with any missed roads rolling over to the following day.
Unite the Union members have now entered the second week of disruptive strike action starting at 9am every working day until Friday 7 May. This means they will be working less than half of their normal collection day, which starts at 6am.

Household waste drop off points set up in Thurrock amid strike action

16 April 2021
Temporary household waste drop-off points will be made available across Thurrock for residents to dispose of any waste not collected during the strike action.
This is part of the council’s plans to mitigate the impact on residents of current strike action affecting the waste collection service, should they wish to do so.

Applications for £220million community fund open

15 April 2021
Thurrock Council is calling for applications to the £220million UK Community Renewal Fund.
The government fund aims to support organisations that wish to bring forward new imaginative ideas and innovative approaches that improve skills, support local businesses and communities, and enhance employment opportunities for Thurrock residents.