Recycling Centres (Civic Amenities)
All recycling centres across Essex will be closed until further notice. The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you were planning to visit a recycling centre, please hold on to the items you were planning to take until they are reopened.
During this time, we ask residents to act responsibly and not place items such as DIY waste, or recycling into their kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish.
For more information please visit www.loveessex.org/coronavirus
Essex County Council is responsible for the operation of the two Recycling Centres for Household Waste (RCHW) in Brentwood.
Please select one of the links below for information on what can be taken to the Recycling Centres and their opening times.
- ECC have identified that RCHWs are targeted by small businesses, with as many as a third of users arriving in commercial type vehicles. The Environmental permits for the RCHWs do not allow trade waste; therefore raising a legal compliance issue. RCHWs are only for use by residents bringing in household waste from their own property; legislation does not count DIY and construction waste as household waste.
- The rule of thumb of how the law works: household waste covers things which a householder would normally take with them when they move house. If the waste is something you would leave behind, like doors, a fitted kitchen or bathroom, or soil and hardcore from a garden, it is construction waste. And business waste of any kind is strictly excluded.
- ECC want to extend the life and improve the operational efficiency of the recycling centre network by improving service availability for householders and excluding business waste. There is also excessive demand at the sites with queuing at peak times being a common occurrence. RCHWs have seen the amount of DIY and construction waste alone leap by over 50% in the last two years.
Mountnessing RCHW will not accept DIY and construction waste:
- i.e. soil, hardcore, plasterboard, heavy ceramics (e.g. toilets and sinks), dismantled fitted bathrooms and kitchens. This RCHW will not accept any commercial type vehicles (vans, tippers, pick-ups, car derived vans) or towed trailers with more than one axle.
Brentwood RCHW in Coxtie Green Road will continue to accept all waste materials, but with reasonable limits applied, to allow small DIY disposals but not trade waste:
- i.e. in any 28 day period-three wheelbarrow loads (one car boot full) of soil, hardcore or gypsum based products, including plasterboard and dry wall lining and one wheelbarrow load of tiles.
- In any six month period – three large ceramic items (e.g. toilet or wash basin), one uPVC or wooden window frame, one uPVC or wooden external door, three wooden internal doors and one load including any kitchen units.
- It should be noted that residents who do only have a commercial vehicle for private journeys will still be able to gain access.
For more information please see Essex County Council site for business and commercial waste.
(24th March 2020) Due to the current situation this is now closed
Works Depot, The Drive, Warley, managed by Brentwood Borough Council.
All paper, cardboard, plastics, cans and paper based liquid food and drinks cartons can be taken to the recycling site but will need to be bagged in your orange sacks.
Textiles, glass and small electrical items can also be taken to the recycling site.
Please help by recycling responsibly and do not leave any other waste materials at this site.
Please be aware that it is illegal to dump black sacks, old beds, builders rubble, fridges and green waste at the above Recycling Site (Please note there is CCTV present at this site.) These items can be taken to the the Civic Amenity Centres listed above.