Recycling centres closed over Easter weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:31 09 April 2020

Essex County Council.

Essex County Council.


Essex recycling centres will remain closed over the Easter weekend to ensure social distancing rules are observed and the spread of the new coronavirus is prevented.

Recycling centres have been shut throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, to deter people from making unnecessary journeys.

Councillor Simon Walsh, Essex County Council cabinet member for the environment and climate change action, said: “If we are following the ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ message, then I am afraid a trip to the tip really doesn’t count as an essential journey, and the police would not view it as such.

“We cannot put the public or our staff at unnecessary risk.”

For green waste and cuttings, home composting is a good option while the current restrictions are in place.

If you were planning to carry out DIY this weekend, you are advised to ensure you have enough storage space to hold onto your waste items until recycling sites reopen.

Residents are asked to act responsibly and not to place items such as DIY waste or recyclable material into their kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish and place additional strain on collection crews.

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