No change for Easter collections

PUBLISHED: 3 April 2023

Recycling will continue to be easy this Easter with no changes to collection days over the Bank Holiday, including Good Friday. All collections will take place as normal.

Here are our top five tips for an eco-friendlier Easter…

Easter egg packaging
The good news is that cardboard boxes can be put straight into your paper/cardboard clear recycling bag. The firm plastic inserts used to display and to protect the egg can also be recycled. Please separate them from the box before you place it in your plastic clear recycling bag.

Flatten it
Remember to flatten boxes to create space in your clear recycling bag.

Once you have eaten the chocolate eggs, the aluminium foil wrappers can be put into your can/tin recycling box. Just make sure it is clean before you put it in and just loosely scrunched.

Food waste
All cooked and uncooked food waste can be included in your food waste caddy for your weekly collection.

Garden waste
If you are planning on enjoying time in the garden over the long weekend, compost as much of it as you can at home or use your bin/sack to recycle your garden waste. Find out more about composting here.

Residents are also being asked to be mindful of the single-use plastics that they purchase and use over the Easter period, particularly plastic wrapping, film, and bags which cannot be recycled through kerbside collection, but which can now be taken to collection points at most major supermarkets.

For further information about recycling and rubbish, please visit

To view your personalised recycling calendar for 2023, visit

Cllr Martin Goss, Colchester City Council Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Waste, said: "We know that Easter can be a busy time for many residents and we’re making it as easy as possible for residents to know when their collections are by keeping the collection days the same for all households. 

“Easter celebrations and activities can result in a lot of waste, and I would encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible to minimise the environmental impact.” 

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Page last reviewed: 3 April 2023


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