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Recycling bag deliveries

PUBLISHED: 1 April 2021

The annual clear recycling bag delivery across Colchester will be starting from Monday 19 April. Each of the 75,000 households that receives a kerbside recycling collection will receive one roll of 62 clear bags for recycling paper and plastics.

At the same time, Colchester Borough Council’s crews will also be delivering a roll of the new blue textile recycling bags on behalf of Essex Textiles. Residents will receive one roll of eight bags and a ‘Guide to Textile Recycling’ leaflet. Extra bags can be ordered from Essex Textiles throughout the year. Textile recycling restarts from 26 April, on a Blue Week on a residents’ normal collection day. More information can be found here.

The roll of clear and blue bags will be delivered between Monday 19 April and Friday 7 May. Residents are asked to note that the bags may not be delivered on their normal collection day.

Useful information about recycling can be found on the Council’s website, and includes: 

  • Download your 2021/22 recycling calendar
  • Check your collection day
  • What can and can’t be recycled
  • What to put out on Blue and Green Weeks
  • Tips on how to reduce your waste

Residents who have not had a delivery of clear or blue bags by the 7 May will be able to report this online by Friday 14 May. All redeliveries will then take place by 21 May. 

It’s easy to keep up to date with bag deliveries, recycling collections and news year-round by registering for the Greener Living e-newsletter, following the Council on social media at @YourColchester on Twitter and EnjoyColchester on Facebook or visiting   

Page last reviewed: 1 April 2021


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