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Now Christmas is upon us, many Essex residents will be wondering how their bin collections will be affected.

Across the county, the festive period is usually the one where rubbish collections are moved around and put on different dates to normal.

This year, December 25 falls on a Saturday, with the following Mondays and Tuesdays both being bank holidays, meaning no waste collections will take place on those days.

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To avoid all confusion, EssexLive has put together a list of all the key dates for residents to have in their diaries for when their bins will be collected – across all regions of the county.

Basildon

Basildon Borough Council is running a revised collection service for the Christmas week and first week of January.

The borough is divided into “Week 1” and “Week 2” collections based on postcodes, the “Where I Live” search engine for which is on the council’s website.

For “Week 1” residents, they can expect their black sacks, green bin and pink sacks for food, garden and plastic waste to be collected two working days later than normal.

This means those whose normal collections would be on Monday, December 27 can expect them on Wednesday, December 29, and those originally on Tuesday can expect theirs on Thursday, December 30, with Wednesday’s collection being on Friday, December 31.

The Friday collection will be collected instead on Wednesday, January 5, with collections that were due on Monday and Tuesday January 3 and 4 instead being on Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7.

Collections originally due for Wednesday, January 5 to Friday, January 7 will be taken from Saturday, January 8 to Tuesday, January 11.

No glass will be collected for “Week 1” residents during the Christmas week, but will be collected as normal the following week.

For “Week 2” residents, the changes will be the same for the black sacks, green bins and pink sacks, in that they will be two days later than normal, only that glass will be collected as normal in the Christmas week but not collected in the first week of January.

Braintree

In the Braintree district, all waste collections are being suspended from Monday, December 27 to Friday, December 31.

For collections due on the days from Monday, January 3 to Friday, January 7, there will be special collections the day after residents usually expect them, running from Tuesday, January 4 to Saturday, January 8.

Normal collections resume the week commencing Monday, January 10.

Brentwood

Brentwood Borough Council has 12 different collection routes for various different types of waste depending on postcode, which can be looked up on their website.

For Route 1 residents, there will be a white recycling sack collection for plastic, cans, food waste, refuse and glass on Monday, December 27 – but no garden waste – before collections for the blue recycling sack – paper, card, food waste and refuse on Monday, January 3.

Route 2a residents will have blue recycling sack collections on December 27 and then white recycling on January 3. Route 2b will have the same, except without garden waste collections on January 3.

Route 3 residents will have white recycling collected on December 29, and blue recycling on January 5.

Route 4 will have blue recycling on December 24 and then white recycling – without garden waste – on Friday December 31.

Route 5 will have white recycling on December 27 and blue recycling on January 3, without garden waste.

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Route 6 will have white recycling without garden waste collected on December 28 and blue recycling on January 4. This is the same for route 7.

Route 8 has a blue recycling collection on December 24 and a white recycling on December 31. There will be an additional blue recycling collection on January 7 but without garden waste.

Finally, route 9 will have a blue recycling collection on December 23 and a white recycling collection on December 30, with another blue recycling collection on January 6.

Castle Point

In Castle Point, collection days are both being brought forward and delayed over the festive period.

Those who normally have collections on Monday, December 27 will now have them on Friday, December 24, with all other collections from Tuesday, December 28 to Friday, December 31 remaining unchanged.

The collections from January 3 to January 7 will all be a day later than usual, running from Tuesday, January 4 to Saturday, January 8.

All collections will return to normal the week commencing January 10.

Chelmsford

Bin collections in Chelmsford are divided into eight different set-ups depending on the property’s postcode. Chelmsford City Council has a search engine called myhome where people can find which collection scheme they are under.

The “Tuesday A” residents will have their food waste, brown bin, paper sack, plastic and cartons bag collected on Wednesday, December 29, with an additional food waste collection plus their black bin, green box, card sack emptied on January 5.

For “Tuesday B” residents, this will be the same as Tuesday A, only the collections are swapped to black bin, green box and card being emptied on December 29.

The “Wednesday A” residents will have food waste, brown bin, paper sack, plastic and cartons bag collected on Thursday, December 30, and other containers emptied on Thursday January 6. This will be vice versa for “Wednesday B” residents.

Residents with “Thursday A” postcodes will have food waste, brown bin, paper sack, plastic and cartons bag collected on Friday, December 31, with other containers emptied on Friday, January 7; this will again be vice versa for “Thursday B” postcodes.

Finally, “Friday A” postcodes will have food waste, black bin, green box, card sacks emptied on December 24 (this Friday), with their other containers being emptied on Tuesday, January 4. “Friday B” postcodes will once again be vice versa.

Colchester

Colchester Borough Council have said there will be no changes to rubbish and recycling collections over the Christmas period, and residents should stick to their usual calendars.

Epping Forest

Epping Forest Council has given the below list of changes to collection days across the last week of December and first week of January.

  • Collections due Tuesday, December 28 will be collected on Wednesday, December 29
  • Collections due Wednesday, December 29 will be collected on Thursday, December 30
  • Collections due Thursday, December 30 will be collected on Friday, December 31
  • Collections due Friday, December 31 will be collected on Tuesday, January 4
  • Collections due Tuesday, January 4 will be collected on Wednesday, January 5
  • Collections due Wednesday, January 5 will be collected on Thursday, January 6
  • Collections due Thursday, January 6 will be collected Friday, January 7
  • Collections due Friday, January 7 will be collected on Saturday, January 8

Normal collection days resume on Tuesday, January 11 2022.

Harlow

Harlow Council have said that all bin collections will be revised from Monday, December 27 to Saturday, January 22 2022, but do not have all changes available in one place.

Residents are advised to use their postcodes to check specific collections for their roads for the end of December and January.

Normal collection days will start again in Harlow from Monday, January 24 2022.

Maldon

Maldon District Council has advised residents that there will be no garden waste collections during the weeks commencing December 27 and January 3 for 2021/22.

For refuse, recycling and food waste collections, the council has advised that residents can expect these on different days to normal.

Those who have their waste collected on December 28, 29 and 30 will have collections one day later that usual, while those who normally have a Friday collection on December 31 will instead have their waste collected on Tuesday, January 4.

Similarly, collections from Wednesday, January 5 to Friday, January 7 will all be one day later, instead being collected from Thursday to Saturday, January 8.

Rochford

All bin collections in Rochford will be as normal for the Christmas period, with the exception of collections due on Monday, December 27, which will now be collected the following day on Tuesday, December 28.

For more information on the full calendar of collections, you can visit Rochford Council’s website.

Southend

In Southend, there will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or Monday, December 27.

Normal collections will run from Tuesday, December 28 to Friday, December 31. No collections will be made on January 1, 2 or 3, but normal service will resume from Tuesday, January 4.

Tendring

There are changes across both weeks for Tendring residents, starting from Monday, December 27 to Friday, January 7, most collections will be two working days after they usually take place.

  • Monday, December 27 collection will happen on Wednesday, December 29
  • Tuesday, December 28 collection will happen on Thursday, December 30
  • Wednesday, December 29 collection will be on Friday, December 31
  • Thursday, December 30 collection will move to Tuesday, January 4
  • Friday, December 31 collection will go to Wednesday, January 5
  • Collections through from Monday, January 3 to Friday, January 7 will now be three days later, running from Thursday, January 6 to Tuesday, January 11

Collections week commencing January 10 will be two days later, with Thursday households collected on Saturday (January 15) and those due for collection on Friday, January 14 collected on Monday January 17.

For week beginning Monday, January 17 collections will be a day later than usual, with Friday collections taking place on Saturday (January 22)

Collections resume as normal from Monday, January 24.

Thurrock

Thurrock Council has stated there will be no changes to bin collection dates over the Christmas period and residents should put their bins out on their normal collection days for both weeks.

Uttlesford

Uttlesford residents will have no bin collections at all from Monday, December 27 to Friday, December 31.

From Tuesday, January 4 to Friday, January 7, the council will be collecting green recycling bins and brown waste caddies only on residents’ normal collection days.

Ordinary collections are set to resume as normal from the following week.

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