Rubbish Collections | Colchester Borough Council

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Rubbish Collections

A summary of the recent changes to our recycling and rubbish collection service.


  • Introduction to the changes to recycling and rubbish collections
  • Brief information on the changes
  • What to do if you live in a flat with a communal collection

Our new recycling and rubbish collection service is designed to boost recycling rates and to cut down on what goes to landfill.

Here's what has changed:

  • A maximum of three black bags per household
  • A two week collection of black bag rubbish
  • No free black bags in the annual delivery
  • Free clear bags in the annual delivery
  • Free white garden bags
  • A second, free green box
  • New wheelie bin collections in certain areas such as:
    • Mile End
    • Greenstead
    • Old Heath and The Hythe (excluding The Hythe and Rowhedge)
    • Shrub End
    • Stanway
    • Berechurch

There has been a change of collection day for 18% of households so if you are unsure what day we collect from your home or if you are new to the area and need to find out, you can enter your postcode here to check.

Don't forget to also download your recycling calendar to keep on track with your collections.

Euro Wheelie Bin

Euro Wheelie Bin

If you live in a flat and have communal rubbish collections, using large Euro wheeled bins, these changes don't affect you so just carry on as normal.

Useful information

We understand that the recent changes will take some getting used to and we are on hand to help wherever we can.

Here is some handy information you may want to take a look at that will help you to ensure that you are recycling as much as possible.

What can be recycled
Tips on how to cut down on waste

If you are recycling as much as you can and are still unable to meet the limit of three black bags every fortnight we would suggest that you apply for an exemption.

Please note that by submitting a request for an exemption you will be called by one of our Recycling and Waste Officers and that you are agreeing to a visit from a Community Zone Warden who will carry out an inspection of your waste.

Before you apply please read more details in our exemption policy.