Have your say on recycling centre bookings

Welcome to your October edition of the Love Essex newsletter!This month, we’ve important news about bookings at recycling centres, an opportunity to apply for a micro-grant from the Love Essex Fund, and news on food waste recycling across the county.We’ve also got tips to help you have a zero-waste Halloween, our monthly food waste challenge and more!And with the evenings drawing in, a reminder that until March 2024, Essex County Council recycling centres now close at 4pm.

Have your say on recycling centre bookings

Since March 2023, a booking process has been trialled for vehicles visiting any Essex County Council (ECC) recycling centre.The booking process aims to improve the overall experience when visiting recycling centres by reducing queuing and congestion. Recycling centre staff now have more time to assist users which the council believes will help maximise segregation of waste for reuse and recycling.Following an evaluation of the trial and responses to a user feedback survey, ECC are now proposing to keep the booking process at recycling centres permanently.

Resident feedback is really important when it comes to making decisions about council services, so make sure you have your say!

The consultation is open until 19 November 2023 so there is plenty of time to share your views.Find out more information, read the evaluation and complete the survey.

A staff member helping a man lift a bike out the boot of a car at the recycling centre, with the words ‘have your say’ with consultation dates (9 October to 19 November 2023) in a green box.

The Love Essex Fund is back!

The Love Essex Fund can grant up to £500 to Essex organisations, individuals and schools for projects that create or inspire a reduction in household waste.
Applications for this round are open until just before midnight on Monday 30 October.
Check out the success stories of previous recipients of the fund.

What are your thoughts on the draft Waste Strategy for Essex?

There’s still time to tell us what you think about draft plans for managing recycling, reuse and waste reduction in Essex over the next 30 years.

Read the draft strategy and respond before the consultation period closes on Wednesday 22 November.

Waste collection and disposal affects us all. Your views are important so don’t waste the chance to have your say!

Recyclable items on a conveyor belt being sorted at a processing facility.
Watch the video to find out what happens to recycling and waste in Essex.

You can find more videos about the draft Waste Strategy on the Essex County Council YouTube channel.

The Big Recycling Hunt

This week we’re celebrating Recycle Week, and The Big Recycling Hunt is on!There are lots of recyclable items around the home that often end up in the bin, such as shampoo and cleaning bottles, takeaway trays and food tins.

So keep an eye out for the things we can recycle and let’s work a little harder to recycle more of them, more often.Join The Big Recycling Hunt and make a BIG difference!

Blue box with the text “The Big Recycling Week, 16-22 October”.

Better and safer recycling centres

We are continually working to improve our recycling centres, making them safer for visitors and staff and have recently completed resurfacing work at Maldon Recycling Centre.
Maldon Recycling Centre.
On Tuesday 14 November, Dovercourt Recycling Centre will close for similar repairs. We expect to reopen on Wednesday 29 November.
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