Information about Refuse Collections, Recycling Collections, Recycling Points & Depots and Trade Waste.
We would like to take the chance to thank everyone for helping to reach a record recycling rate last year.
The recycling rate for last year has been recorded at 53%, an increase of 6% from the previous year and smashing through the target of 50% which was set three years ago.
Almost 40,000 tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill through a mixture of pink sack, green bin, orange box and recycling centre services. This is the equivalent weight of 5,714 double-decker London buses.
Councillor John Dornan, Basildon Council's cabinet member for environment, thanked residents for their continued support in achieving the target:
"Over 80% of all household waste can be recycled using Basildon Council collection schemes and I would urge all residents to do a little bit more in order to keep increasing the recycling rate further. Recycling more allows us to keep Council tax low, as well as benefiting our environment."
The 'Crunch' is a mobile tip that operates most Saturdays between 09:00am and 12:00pm.
It moves to a different location each time it goes out into the District and at many locations there are separate vehicles for all your garden refuse.
You can now keep up to date with all the latest news from the recycling team - including events, road shows and feedback on all recycling related issues. Basildon Council have launched groups on both Twitter and Facebook where you can keep up to date with the latest information on the recycle for Basildon campaign:
On Twitter: Visit www.twitter.com/starveyourbin or search users @starveyourbin
On Facebook: Visit www.facebook.com and search for 'Recycle for Basildon' under groups to join
People often ask us where their Pink Sacks end up once they have been collected each fortnight. This short film produced by Basildon Council's Recycling Team provides the answers, by charting the journey of a plastic milk bottle from kitchen to recycling processing and beyond.
See the video now, Recycling Video - Your Pink Sack Journey
Receive a recycling text reminder on the day before your fortnightly recycling collection day and helpful tips to help you get the most out of your recycling collections.
All you need to do is text the word 'Pink', followed by you postcode to 82727.
For example, if your postcode is SS14 1XX, text:
Pink SS14 1XX
To phone number 82727.
You will then receive a message confirming your subscription for three months.
The service, provided by Basildon Council is completely free, apart from the initial text message, which is charged at your standard network rate.
Report a missed refuse collection - Notify our Streetcare department if we have not collected your refuse sacks.
Report vandalism and graffiti - Tell us all you can. We really want you to help us tackle this increasing problem.
Find out why recycling matters and what you can do today, Visit the Recycle Now Website
Why not choose to reuse?
If you have a special collection which is still in working order, but you don't need it any more, why not donate it to one of our reuse partners? Reusing an item gives it a second life - and may be useful to a family or another person who really needs it! Our reuse partners will collect large items from you - give them a call first for the greenest way of getting rid of your old furniture, white goods and items. These organisations are also interested in house clearances:
Lighthouse Furniture Project
23 East Walk Basildon
Don't throw it away GIVE IT AWAY Give or Take - Recycling for the community If you don't want it, someone else does!
FREECYCLE in Basildon, Essex the Basildon branch of www.freecycle.org, an entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. When you want to find a new home for something -- whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door -- you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle group.