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Free family fun at Recycling Open Day

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The perfect day out for truck-mad children with curious little brains is coming up this month! Chelmsford City Council’s Recycling Open Day, happening on Saturday 18 February, will be full of heaps of free activities and displays to educate and amuse the whole family.

Fun for all

This is an opportunity to visit Chelmsford City Council’s recycling and waste depot and discover everything you need to know about recycling in Chelmsford. The depot sorts all the materials that are collected from homes across Chelmsford.

There will be a variety of activities and displays to explore at this free family event, including:

  • Tours around the depot to view the recycling bays and vehicle workshops
  • A cinema experience
  • The opportunity to sit in our recycling and street care trucks
  • Quizzes and competitions
  • Community litter picking information and details on obtaining a free kit
  • A free ‘Dr Bike’ repair workshop. This is a fab opportunity if your bike needs some TLC for getting back on those cycle lanes this spring

Where and when

Location: Freighter House, Drovers Way, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 5PH. There’s plenty of free parking available.

When: Saturday 18th February 2023 from 10am-2pm

Visit the Love Your Chelmsford website for more information about the Recycling Open Day. Their website also has loads of information about green spaces in Chelmsford and information for green living.

Bike repair workshops

Any bikes needing a health check can be brought along to the Recycling Open Day and receive a basic service. If the team finds it’s in need of attention, minor repairs can be carried out.

They will look at tyres, brakes, gears, cables, your chain, your pedals and steering, and can even replace cables and brake pads, fix punctures and realign gears. If any other issues are spotted, you’ll be pointed in the right direction for further repairs.

For anyone wanting to learn more about looking after their bikes, there will be a ‘learn the basic bike check’ session at 11am and a ‘how to fix a puncture session’ at 1pm.

Essex County Council recycling centre booking reminder

Chelmsford City Council is responsible for collecting recycling and waste from Chelmsford residents. The recycling centre (‘the tip’) where residents go to dispose of waste items from their homes is run by Essex County Council.

From Monday 13 March 2023, residents visiting Essex County Council recycling centres, including the one in Chelmsford, will need to book in advance.

A booking system will be trialled for all vehicles visiting ECC recycling centres to help manage waiting times, reduce congestion, and improve the customer experience.

Find out more at: Essex recycling centre booking system (loveessex.org)

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Charlotte Maltby
Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes about the environment, parks, recycling, business, planning, public realm and democratic services.