From 1st January 2023 Environment Agency (EA) has informed we need to incinerate all the upholstered domestic seating waste containing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). These pollutants can accumulate in fatty tissues of humans and wildlife and have harmful impacts on human health and on the environment. The Law requires that POPS are destroyed. This means waste containing POPs must be incinerated and must not be re-used, recycled or landfilled. Currently, CPBC Landfill all black refuse waste, that means this type of waste requires to be separated from other waste and collected for incineration. Please check the link for further details: Managing Disposal of Waste Upholstered Domestics Seating containing POPs[pdf] 131KB
Government guidance: Manage waste upholstered domestic seating containing POPs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Upholstered seating or any item of soft furnished seating from any household or businesses that includes any part made of or containing leather, synthetic leather, soft furnishing, fabric or foam. For example:
• sofas • sofa beds • armchairs • kitchen and dining room chairs • stools and foot stools • home office chairs • futons • bean bags, floor and sofa cushions
Please note following items are unlikely to contains POPs:
• items that are not upholstered, for example, a wooden chair without a cushioned or textile back, seat, or arms • deckchairs • wastes from manufacturing new domestic seating that the manufacturer can demonstrate do not to contain POPs
Note: Mattresses, curtains, blinds and beds are not domestic seating and are not covered by this guidance
You should not dispose of your upholstered domestic seating waste in your black sack or using any other methods.
Please take it to your nearest Household Recycling Centre where a skip will be provided for this type of waste. Please contact the HWRC you are visiting and ask for advice on the waste you are disposing of before visiting.
Bulky Waste Collection service have resumed. Due to EA guidance, we can no longer collect POPs contaminated upholstered domestic waste seating with other bulky waste. The new bulky waste collection charges are as follows:
a. Upholstered domestic seating bulky waste - Minimum charge of £39 for up to 3 items, each additional item is £6 (with a maximum of 10 items). More than 10 items by negotiation
b. Any other bulky waste - Minimum charge of £39 for up to 3 items, each additional item is £6 (with a maximum of 10 items). More than 10 items by negotiation
Please Note: This service is only for an elderly / disabled resident who has difficulty in putting out their refuse / recycling.
Please contact us (including your name and address) email@example.com, or telephone us on 01268 882200 so that we can send the form to you.
Alternatively you can visit the Street Scene Section at the Council Offices, Kiln Road, Benfleet, SS7 1TF to collect one.
You will be told a collection date when you book your collection. If your waste is not been collected on this day please e-mail us (including your name and telephone number) firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone us on 01268 882200 so that we can investigate.
We provide a bulky waste service of household items of waste e.g. tables, chairs, beds etc.
For more information: Bulky Waste Collection
No - because we maintain a black bag collection service. We have no plans to provide a wheeled bin collection service for refuse at present. But you can store your waste in a wheeled bin if you chose. If you choose to store your black bags in a bin it must be removed from the bin before collection by our Refuse Collection Service.
Please ensure that your refuse if out for 7.00 am on your day of collection.
Because we are committed to recycling. Research has shown that wheelie bins actually increase waste and reduce recycling. We maintain a black bag collection service and have no plans at this point in time to adopt wheelie bins for refuse collection.
We do however, supply different bags / containers for various waste items so that you can recycle.
They can be purchased from any supermarket, market or shop.
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At the budget setting Council meeting earlier this year, it was decided that 2 rolls of Pink Sacks for recycling will be delivered to each household for annual delivery. Residents will need to supply their own black refuse sacks for non-recycling moving forwards.
See how you can recycle more and stop excess waste going to landfill: www.castlepoint.gov.uk/recycleright
Our Calendar and recycling guide is available to view and download online at Castle Point - Recycling Calendar.
Using the regularly updated online calendar conserves resources, produces less waste, and is convenient and available at any time, on any device.
If you know someone with accessibility issues or who does not have access to a computer/ smartphone that would require a printed calendar, please message us on Facebook or Twitter or email at email@example.com or phone us on 01268 882200.