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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

Essex move to Covid Tier 2 High: Message from Leader of the Council

What goes in your pink sack?

Pink Sack Recycling

Put all these items in your pink sack together.

Plastic packaging

Plastics you can recycle

Please rinse these before placing in the pink sack.

Plastic Bottles - including bottle tops, 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)


Food & drinks cans

  Cans you can recycle

Please rinse these items 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

Paper & Cardboard you can recycle

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

It not all recyclable

Need more pink sacks?

pink sack

All pink sacks are FREE

Collect pink sacks from any library in Castle Point:

Or if you are unable to get to a library you can request a FREE delivery via: 


To download a guide on recycling pink sacks:

Pink Sack - how to.... [pdf] 631KB


What happens to you pink sacks   Please tie your pink sack