Black Refuse Sack Scheme

We provide weekly refuse collections.

Please see our Collection Days, Delvery Dates and Getting Additional Sacks page to check your collection day.

Please ensure that your recycling and waste is kept within the boundary of your property and made ready for collection on your collection day by 7.00am. Recycling and waste must not be presented on the public highway as this will be deemed to be littering and you may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice if you do this.

What can go in my black refuse sack?

Yes Please

  • disposable nappies, incontinence pads, sanitary waste
  • polystyrene
  • kitchen roll
  • tissues and wipes
  • pet bedding, faeces and cat litter

No Thanks

  • liquids of any kind. Please take liquid paint to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for disposal
  • cooking oil - this can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • hazardous waste such as asbestos, solvents, pesticides and chemicals
  • sharps

Veolia collect around 31,000 tonnes of recycling and 42,000 tonnes of rubbish from homes in Southend every year.

Every week, on your collection day, two separate crews will come to your home. One collects your black sacks and blue food waste bins. The other collects your pink sacks and blue paper and cardboard recycling boxes. The back of the lorry is divided into two compartments, so that the two materials collected at the same time remain separated.

There are around 60,000  houses (not including blocks of flats) and we visit them all over just four days, every week of the year.

Once the lorry is full, it takes the material to the Waste Transfer Station off Eastern Avenue. Here, it is tipped into separate containers so that it can be collected and taken elsewhere for recycling, composting or disposal.

Page last updated: 18/10/2019