Colchester

Your waste and recycling is collected by Colchester Borough Council. Your nearest recycling centres are in Colchester and West Mersea.

If you live in a flat, you may have collections from communal bins.

How to recycle your waste

In the Colchester Borough your recycling is collected in clear plastic bags for paper, card and plastic, metals are collected in your green recycling box and glass is collected in your green recycling box, every fortnight.

Paper and card

Place the following items in your clear plastic bags:

  • Paper including; newspapers, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, envelopes, shredded paper, greeting cards and paper gift wrap (without glitter).
  • Cardboard including; boxes, food packaging such as cereal boxes and clean pizza boxes, and toilet roll tubes.

Plastic

Place the following items in your clear plastic bags:

  • Plastic including; empty bottles, clean packaging, food trays, pots, tubs, punnets, carrier bags, cling film and plant pots.

Metal

Place the following items in your green recycling box:

  • Metal including; clean food and drink cans, empty aerosols and clean foil

Leave the following items out of your recycling:

  • Toys, video tapes, CD cases, coat hangers, polystyrene, bubble wrap and biscuit wrappers
  • Metallised plastic including; crisp packets, foil wrapping paper and cat or dog food pouches.
  • Paint tins, metal utensils, cooking pots and pans, and gas containers
  • Glass items
  • Hygiene products including; nappies
  • Tissues, napkins and wallpaper
  • General rubbish

Glass

Place the following items in your green recycling box.

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Non-food bottles including; perfume bottles and face cream jars

Leave the following items out:

  • Cookware and tableware glass including; pyrex jugs, glass dishes, ceramics and cups.
  • Glass window panes, mirrors, vases and decorations.
  • Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes

How to recycle your food waste

Place food waste in your food waste caddy. This is collected weekly.

Place the following items in your food waste caddy:

  • Raw and cooked food including; meat, fish, bones, fruit and vegetables, rice, pasta, beans, bread, cakes and pastries.
  • Diary including; eggs, egg shells, butter, cheese, milk and yoghurt.
  • Uneaten food from plates and dishes.
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Out of date food

Leave the following items out:

  • Packaging
  • Oil and liquid fat
  • Pet food

How to recycle your garden waste

Colchester Borough Council offers a garden waste collection service.

Place the following items in your white garden waste bag:

  • Garden prunings, weeds, plants, leaves, flowers, hedge trimmings and grass cuttings.
  • Tree branches (less than 15cm in diameter and 1 metre in length)
  • Vegetarian animal waste including hay and straw bedding from non-meat eating animals only e.g rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs.

Leave the following items out:

  • Japanese knotweed
  • Animal waste
  • Food waste
  • Soil

How to recycle your textiles

In the Colchester Borough you can recycle textiles in your clear plastic bags.

Place the following items in your clear plastic bag:

  • Clean clothes including: clothing with holes, socks, underwear, coats, curtains, bed sheets, duvet covers, towels and blankets
  • Paired shoes and boots

Leave the following items out:

  • Unclean clothing including: wet clothing, clothing with oil, grease, or paint on.
  • Stuffed textiles including: duvets and pillow
  • Wellington boots
  • Carpet

How to throw away your non-recyclable waste

In the Colchester Borough your non-recyclable waste is collected in either your wheeled bins or black plastic bags, every fortnight.

Place the following items in your black plastic bags:

  • Hygiene products including; nappies
  • Old style light bulbs wrapped in newspaper
  • Toys, video tapes, CD cases, coat hangers, polystyrene, bubble wrap and biscuit wrappers
  • Metallised plastic including; crisp packets, foil wrapping paper
  • Tissue, napkins and wallpaper
  • Animal food and waste
  • Cotton wool and cotton buds
  • Knives wrapped in newspaper

Leave the following items out:

  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Recyclable items
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Textiles including; clothing, shoes, boots, blankets, curtains etc.
  • Clinical and hazardous waste including infectious materials and needles
  • Electrical items and batteries
  • Hardcore or soil

How to arrange a bulky waste collection

Visit Colchester Borough Council’s webpage to arrange a bulky waste collection.

How to throw away other items

If you are unsure how to throw away an item, check out the item A – Z or post a question to us on Facebook or Twitter.