Recycling Centres (Civic Amenities)
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 Country Council site for business and commercial waste.