Gull Proof Bags, Food Waste Caddy Liners and Refuse Sacks

New Gull Proof Bags

Following successful trials of the bags in Clacton Town Centre seagull proof bags are now available to all residents across Tendring. The bags which are reusable; are made of polypropylene material and can hold two to three black bags inside. They have a rubber weighted base to stop the bags from blowing away once emptied and have a Velcro lid to stop birds and animals from gaining access, along with handles to help carry the bag.

The bags cost £10 each and are available from the receptions at the Council Offices in Weeley, Clacton Town Hall and Unit 1 Enterprise Centre, Lotus Way, Jaywick

How to use the bags:

  • Place your household rubbish in black sacks as usual
  • Then place your tied black rubbish sacks into the reusable gull proof bag loose rubbish in the bag will not be collected!!
  • Place the reusable gull proof bag out for collection in the normal way by 7am on the day of collection
  • Please use only the Velcro flap to close your bag; do not tie your gull proof bag across the top as this may prevent the crew from emptying your bag
  • Ties are provided with the bag should you wish to secure the bag to your fence or gate post.
  • The crew will empty the bag and leave the bag in place for you to collect and take in as soon as possible.
  • The bag is for bagged household waste only.
  • You can write your house number on the front of the bag for identification

Food Waste Caddy Liners

Following the delivery of the food caddy liners, the scheme has proved to be extremely popular with a significant increase in food waste collected. Following residents requests we also sell the food caddy liners. The bags are £1.50 per roll with 52 bags in a roll and can be purchased at the locations in the below table.

Food waste caddy liners will also be available from the Brightlingsea, Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Harwich, Holland-on-Sea, Jaywick, Manningtree and Walton-on-the-Naze libraries, the mobile library is also included.  Information on location and opening times for the libraries.

Need a Food Caddy? Click on this link to go to our Recycling Boxes & Lid Collections Points page to find your nearest collection point.

To check which round your delivery is on click on this link to our Rubbish & Recycling Collection Days page under Find out your collection days and click on the initial letter of your road in the table and you will find your road in the list.




Opening Times


Council Offices

Thorpe Road


CO16 9AJ

Monday to Friday

10am - 3pm



Brightlingsea Town Council

Victoria Place


01206 303535

Monday to Friday

9.30am - 12.45pm


Veolia Depot Office

Fowler Road


CO15 4TL


Town Hall

Station Road


CO15 1SE


Monday to Friday

9am - 4pm




Monday to Thursday

9am - 5pm


9am - 4.30pm


Unit 1 Enterprise Centre

Lotus Way


CO15 2LU

Monday to Thursday

9am - 5pm


9am - 4pm

St. Osyth

St. Osyth Parish Council

The Village Hall

Clacton Road

St. Osyth

CO16 8PE

Monday to Thursday

9.30am to 12.30pm


Walton Community Project

61 High Street


CO14 8AG

Monday to Friday

10am to 4pm




Black Bags 2016

In 2016 Tendring District Council had to save £2 million pounds from its budget. Black sacks are a discretionary service which cost approximately £155,000 per year.  It was therefore decided that the delivery of black sacks would no longer continue from 2016 onwards.  It is now the responsibility of residents to purchase their own black sacks for their weekly refuse collection. 

By using the household collection of recyclable materials service, which collects mixed paper and card and tins, cans and plastic bottles (collected on alternate fortnights) and food waste (collected weekly) you will be able to dramatically reduce the quantity of black sack rubbish you generate.

To find out your collection day please click on this link to go to our Rubbish & Recycling Collection Days page and to find out more about recycling please click on this link to go to our Recycle for Tendring page.

Black sacks frequently asked questions

Why did you stop black bag delivery?

Tendring District Council had to save £2 million pounds from its 2016 budget. Black sacks were a discretionary service which cost approximately £155,000 per year.

What do I use to put my rubbish in then?

All refuse presented for collection should be in suitable sacks, such as black sacks because, unlike other containers such as paper sacks, black sacks are waterproof, can be tied shut and are less likely to rip or disintegrate compared to other types of bags or containers, ensuring that your refuse is kept secure throughout the collection process.

What if I put my rubbish out in a dustbin or other container?

Tendring District Council will only collect refuse placed out for collection in suitable sacks described above. Refuse presented in any other type of container will not be collected.

Who used to pay for the black sacks?

The black sacks were purchased by Tendring District Council and financed by Central Government funds.

Essex Recycling Partnership Monitoring Reports

Annual Monitoring Report 2016-17

Q4 2016-17

Q3 2016-17

Q2 2016-17

Q1 2016-17

Annual Monitoring Report 2015-16

Q4 2015-16

Q3 2015-16

Q2 2015-16

Q1 2015-16

Last updated on: 09/02/2018 - 12:17