BIN COLLECTION UPDATE: Changes to bin collections coming soon and latest coronavirus updates

Braintree District Council bin crew

This is a regular newsletter to keep you updated on our services, including some important reminders and helpful online links.

Please do continue to keep eye on our dedicated coronavirus ‘hub’ web page for the latest updates and information on our services:

VE DAY 75 anniversary 8th May Bank Holiday – Collection dates have CHANGED

Since your collection calendar was delivered in August 2019, there have been changes made to the collection dates that were originally published.

As the usual early May bank holiday Monday has been changed to Friday 8th May and includes the weekend in order to commemorate VE Day 75, (the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War II,) revisions have been made to the waste and recycling collection dates, to reflect this change.

Please see the table below for your revised collection date:

Usual collection day

Revised VE DAY 75 collection day

Friday 8 May (VE DAY)

Monday 11 May 2020

Monday 11 May 2020

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Saturday 16 May 2020

Please remember, the Garden Waste collection service remains suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Find out more and download your REVISED collection calendar.

Dog walking and owner’s advice


The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day and you should combine this with walking your dog.

Please use the following guidelines in order to stay safe:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • when you are walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should keep your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely remain 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household, in keeping with the social distancing measures
  • In doing so, it is important that you minimise the time spent outside of the home.

You can find further guidance for pet owners via the GOV.UK website.

There’s also guidance on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others.

Thank you for supporting our refuse crews

bin rainbow

Our bin crews continue to do a fantastic job in difficult circumstances and we want to say thank you to everyone for your messages of thanks, support and your fantastic drawings.

Their hard work is keeping our town clean and safe during the coronavirus outbreak, but they need your help too.

There are things you can do to make collections safer for them, their families & you:

  • Leaving your bin or recycling sacks out by 7am on your collection day
  • Parking responsibly so the crew can access your street
  • When you put your bin out and take it back in, please remember to wipe the handles & wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time
  • If you or anyone in your household are self-isolating because you have symptoms of coronavirus, please ensure personal waste like tissues & cleaning cloths are double bagged in plastic bags or bin liners

More here:

Bonfires and the burning of garden waste


At this time we would also urge residents to not have bonfires and burning of garden waste.

The smoke or smell from a bonfire might affect neighbours or aggravate any health conditions.

Read the full advice here

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