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New Recycling Calendar and Easy Easter Collections

Date published: 26 February 2018

Colchester Borough Council will soon be sending the new 2018/19 Recycling Calendar to residents across the borough, delivered with their Council Tax bill.  

The calendar sets out the schedule of all collections between 1 April 2018 and the end of March 2019, including collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

The calendar also provides tips and advice on what items can and can't be recycled, including food waste, paper/cardboard, plastics, textiles, glass, cans and tins and garden waste, alongside which container or bag to use.

Recycling will continue to be easy this Easter with no changes to collection days over Easter, including Good Friday. 

Residents exchanging Easter eggs can recycle plastic containers, bottles, tubs, pots, trays and their lids, and cardboard packaging on their normal Green Week collection, alongside garden waste. Tin foil Easter egg wrappings should be recycled with other tin, can and glass items, which go out on a Blue Week with black bin/bag non-recyclable rubbish.

All cooked and uncooked food waste can be included in the weekly food waste collection.   

Cllr Jessica Scott-Boutell, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, said: "Since the new recycling system was introduced, we have seen a huge boost in results. Between July and November 2016, Colchester created 33% less non-recyclable waste than it did in the same period of 2016.

"We really appreciate the effort that residents are putting in to change habits - it is already profoundly reducing the impact our borough has on the planet. We're making it as easy as possible to recycle by keeping collection disruption over holidays to a minimum."

In addition to the physical calendar, you can look up your collection dates and details online at Using your postcode, you can check which day your collection is due, whether you are on a Blue or Green Week, what should go out that week and what can and can't be recycled. You can also download a replacement calendar and report a missed collection.

There are lots of ways to keep up-to-date with recycling in Colchester all year round. Follow us on Twitter @yourcolchester, Facebook @enjoycolchester, or visit

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Colchester Zone Warden, Reece Cycler, also keeps a regular blog giving hints and tips for recycling in everyday life. Check it out at