Village Littering

Please don't litter in our open spaces, countryside, or anywhere.  Keeping Essex clean and tidy is costing the taxpayer over £17 million a year. We've seen a few posts about littering in our district during the pandemic, so we want to remind people that we all have a role to play here. Put rubbish in a bin or if it's full, take it home with you.  We are regularly emptying bins and doing our best to keep up with the increase in their use, but if they are full, please help us by taking your rubbish home.  Everyone has a responsibility to keep our parks and open spaces clean and safe for others to use.  If you see someone littering, this is an offence, as well as throwing anything out of a vehicle, from cigarette butts and plastic bottles to fast food packaging and coffee cups - and it can land you a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.  If you have witnessed an offence, this can be reported online.

There’s no excuse for littering.

Respect others & our environment Photo credit: John Parish When visiting outdoor spaces, it's important to respect others and protect the natural environment. When visiting the countryside, follow the Countryside Code. You should:

  • take all of your litter home

  • not use barbecues as they risk causing wildfires

  • keep dogs under effective control and on a lead, especially when you are around farm animals - read further guidance for pet owners

  • leave gates as you find them and follow the instructions on signs

  • use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest alternative routes

Food & drink cartons bins available at some local recycling centres This week new food and drink cartons recycling bins have been located at some of our bring bank sites. You can now take your empty cartons (such as those made by Terta Pak) as well as your glass bottles and jars to one of the Local Recycling Centres where the new bins have been installed. There’s 13 locations to choose from, including supermarket sites and some of our council owned car parks. Visit our website to see where the locations are: P.S Please wash, squash and put the lids back on cartons before recycling and only put paper-based liquid food and drinks cartons in the recycling bins.  Please do not leave unwanted clothing and textiles next to our bring back sites or bags on the floor. Play areas remain closed

A reminder that our play areas, skate and BMX parks and outdoor gyms remain closed for public safety - to help maintain social distancing and prevent the spread of coronavirus. We are reviewing the announcement made by the Prime Minister today and what this means for the re-opening of our play areas and outdoor gyms. We have placed signs at all our play areas advising they are closed, but if these have been removed, please let us know by emailing so we can replace them. You can still visit our green open spaces across the district to enjoy the outdoors in line with social distancing rules. 

Recycling banks  Please remember to use recycling banks responsibly by following social distancing guidelines. Please use these facilities at sensible times during the day. Leaving waste on the floor around the recycling banks could result in a fine. If you notice a full recycling bank please report it to us by emailing

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