In this section you can find information on how to deal with soil, tyres, vehicles and wood.
Recycle: Essex County Council recycling centres
will accept up to three wheelbarrow loads of soil (one car boot load, with the seats up - combined total of soil and hardcore) per household in any 28-day period.
The soil should be placed in the soil recycling container.
Soil is classed as construction waste. It is not household waste. Essex County Council does not have to accept this type of waste at its recycling centres but does so as a service to residents.
Disposal: A more convenient way to dispose of soil, hardcore and other large quantities of DIY waste is to use a local skip or bulk bag hire service in your local directory.
Trade and commercial soil waste will not be accepted at recycling centres. You will need to make your own arrangements for disposal.
Recycle: Unwanted tyres must not be placed in your household rubbish. Garages or tyre companies usually take old vehicle tyres for recycling or safe disposal when they change the tyres on your vehicle.
A maximum of four tyres per household can be taken to a recycling centre. Remember to remove the metal trim from the wheel first and place in the metal recycling container before placing it in the tyre recycling.
Abandoning vehicles on or beside a road or on public or private land is illegal. Dumped vehicles represent a serious danger to those living nearby, become a focus for criminal activity and pollute the environment.
If you are a witness to a vehicle being abandoned please report the incident to your local District or borough council
or the police
. Contact telephone numbers can be found in your local telephone directory.
Thorough investigations are carried out to identify those responsible for dumping vehicles. This results in the guilty party having to pay for the collection and disposal of the vehicle and a possible criminal prosecution. Dealing with abandoned vehicles costs the taxpayer thousands of pounds each year.
Vehicles should be disposed of by taking them to a scrap metal dealer or vehicle dismantler. Alternatively, the not-for-profit organisation Give a Car
will sell your car at auction with proceeds going to a charity of your choice. Over 800 charities are in partnership including the Essex-based charity The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.
Vehicles that are disposed of responsibly will have the parts removed for reuse or recycling and have oils and other items removed to reduce the risk of pollution.
Car owners are entitled to free take-back of their old vehicles under the End of Life Vehicles Directive. Car manufacturers have established national networks of existing facilities (called authorised treatment facilities) that will accept their own brands when those vehicles reach the end of their use. Contact a local garage for details.
A certificate of destruction will be issued to owners when the authorised treatment facilities receive a vehicle for treatment. This certificate will show the vehicle will be treated appropriately and will enable de-registration of the vehicle from the DVLA database.
Unwanted and good quality wooden items such as shelving, furniture and door / window frames can be sold as second hand or advertised on Freecycle
. Wooden pallets can be made into vertical plant holders or nailed together to build compost bins.
Compost: Wood ash from wood-burning fires contains valuable minerals (potash) and is excellent for placing around the garden as a soil improver or added to a compost bin or heap in small quantities.
Mixed wood and timber including doors, window frames, pallets and other wooden items can be taken to Essex County Council recycling centres
. However, facilities vary from centre to centre, so seek advice from site staff on the types of wood that can be recycled.
Disposal: Please note that MDF cannot be recycled.