Reduced Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

You are invited to view and contribute to the The Mayor's Covid Record of Reflection

What goes in your pink sack?

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Plastic packaging

Please simply rinse these before placing in the pink sack.

Plastic Bottles - including bottle tops, simply squash bottle and replace

Y  soft drink bottles
Y  squash/cordial
Y  mouthwash
Y  milk bottles
Y  bleach
Y  cleaners (including trigger bottles)
Y  shampoo/shower gel
Y  yoghurt/pro-biotic drink (actimel, Yakult)
Y  medicine (take unused medicines to a pharmacy for disposal)

Plastic Trays

Y  meat (not polystyrene)
Y  fruit punnet
Y  salad tray
Y  sandwich container
Y  ready-meal tray
Y  take-away trays

Plastic pots and cases

Y  yoghurt (all types)
Y  margarine/butter tub
Y  vitamin pots
Y  sweet
Y  flower pots
Y  CD/DVD/VHS/cassette cases


Plastic we don't collect

N  plastic bags
N  plastic film (e.g. sweet wrappers, cling-film, shrink wrap etc)
N  bubble wrap
N  expanded polystyrene (e.g. fast food trays, packaging)
N  crisp packets
N  VHS or audio cassette
N  paint pots
N  coat-hangers
N  other plastics (e.g. children’s toys, garden furniture, Tupperware)


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food & drinks cans

Please simply rinse these before placing in the pink sack.


Y  all drink cans
Y  all food cans
Y  biscuit tins
Y  all aerosol spray cans (empty only)
Y  foil and foil containers


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mixed paper & cardboard

If the cardboard does not fit in the pink sack this can be flattened and placed for collection under the pink sack



Y  newspaper & magazines
Y  unwanted mail & leaflets
Y  envelopes (all colours)
Y  window envelopes (no need to remove window)
Y  padded envelopes
Y  office paper
Y  shredded paper
Y  catalogues & telephone directories (all types)
Y  wrapping paper (not foil or ribbons)
Y  paper bags
Y  books (remove cover from hardback books)


Y all cardboard boxes (e.g. Corrugated, cereal, ready meal)
Y toilet & kitchen roll tubes
Y Christmas & Birthday cards
Y cardboard egg boxes
Y cigarette boxes
Y Beverage cartons & Cartons (e.g. juice, milk cartons etc)


Paper/Cardboard we don't collect

N wall paper
N sand paper
N tissue paper
N kitchen/toilet paper

Need more pink sacks?

Pink Sack

All pink sacks are FREE

Pink sacks are also available at the Co-op, Kiln Road, Benfleet and Co-op Tarpots, or order sacks for delivery via our online shop below: 

Pink & Black sack annual delivery - We are hoping to start sack delivery during May, but this may be delayed further.  The council are pushing our suppliers to supply us with the pink and black sacks as soon as possible.  Polythene suppliers are not only suffering from staff shortages as all industry is, but are also trying to supply the NHS with their requirement as soon as possible, for obvious reasons we want NHS supplies to take precedence.

What happens to you pink sacks   Please tie your pink sack