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Recycling when you live in a flat

A handy guide so you know what to put out for recycling if you live in a Communal Flat


  • What household rubbish you can and can't throw away if you live in a flat.
  • What you can and can't recycle.
  • Future plans for plastic recycling

We will collect your rubbish from communal wheelie bins. If you don’t have a communal bin, just follow the blue or the green week guidelines

Future Plans for Plastic Recycling

Where possible, from October 2018, Colchester Borough Council will be adding extra bins for plastic collections to flats that already have recycling facilities of paper, cans and glass.

For flats that do not currently have any recycling facilities, we will be adding the facility to recycle paper, cans, glass and plastic bins where it is possible to do so.

We are currently working directly with management companies and landlords of flats within the borough to introduce this facility for as many residents as we are able to. If and when this facility is introduced in your block/development, we will write to each household to notify you of this,

If you live in a flat with plastic recycling facilities, find out which plastic items can and cannot be recycled

Quick Links

Household Rubbish

Where does it go? – Black bags, placed in communal euro wheelie bin

Yes Please No Thanks
  • Nappies, incontinence pads, catheter/stomach bags and sanitary waste
  • Plastic film and Polystyrene
  • Pet litter and waste
  • Knives, broken glass or sharp objects (wrapped in newspaper or cardboard with warning label on)
  • Biodegradable face wipes
  • Clinical and hazardous waste including
    • Infectious medical items
    • Needles
    • Granular or powder pesticides
    • Liquid pesticides
    • Asbestos
  • Recycling materials
  • Garden waste
  • Commercial waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Electrical and electronic items
  • Batteries
  • Beverage cartons
  • Liquid waste including oil and paint
  • Large bulky household items including
    • Fridges
    • Freezers
    • Beds
    • Televisions
    • Cabinets


Information about Black Bags


Where does it go? –  Separate your Recycling and put them in the wheelie bins providedRecycling Wheelie Bin

Quick Reference

Yes Please No Thanks
  • Paper and card, flattened
  • Cartons, flattened
  • Cans, rinsed and squashed
  • Glass bottles and jars, rinsed
  • Aerosols
  • Plastics including plastic bags
  • Broken or sheet glass
  • Glassware, tableware or mirrors
  • Fluorescent tubes or light bulbs
  • Card lined with plastic or foil
  • Thick cardboard
  • Used tissue
  • Kitchen roll


Communal bin full?