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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Colchester Borough Council is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to take action to minimise disruption and keep residents and visitors safe. 

Coronavirus: updates, advice and guidance

Garden Waste Drop-Off Service

Our garden waste drop-off service will commence from 23 May 2020.


  • Our garden waste drop-off service will commence from 23 May
  • Guidelines to follow if attending a drop-off service location.
  • Garden waste drop-off dates, locations and times.
  • Frequently asked questions about the drop-off service.

To make up for missed collections during the service suspension and to support those households with additional garden waste, we are providing a temporary drop-off service for garden waste at several locations across the borough, starting 23 May.

Please keep to the following guidelines if you plan to use the drop-off service for garden waste: 

  • Do not attend if you are shielding, self-isolating or showing any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • Please do not visit more than once.
  • Do not queue before 8.30am. This will prevent the crew from accessing the site and setting it up safely.
  • Treat site staff with respect and be considerate of others wanting to drop off garden waste.
  • Please always maintain a 2m distance from site staff and other people.
  • We will be unable to accept garden waste from anyone arriving after 12pm as the area will need to be cleared by 12.30pm.
  • Please park responsibly and ensure you are not blocking anyone else or access points.

Dates, locations and times for our drop-off service are as follows:

Saturday 23 May 2020

Location Time
Colchester Leisure World (in the car park behind Charter Hall)
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8.30am to 12pm
Colchester United Community Football Stadium (in the car park on United Way)
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8.30am to 12pm
Orpen Community Hall, Lexden Road, West Bergholt
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8.30am to 12pm

Saturday 30 May 2020

Location Time
Fairhaven Avenue, West Mersea
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8.30am to 12pm
Rosabelle Avenue, Wivenhoe
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8.30am to 12pm
Thurstable School, Tiptree
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8.30am to 12pm
Boadicea Way, Shrub End Sports Ground
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8.30am to 12pm


Frequently Asked Questions

What types of garden waste can I bring?

You can bring all types of garden waste that would normally be collected as part of your kerbside collection.

This includes:

  • Grass
  • Leaves and weeds
  • Flowers and plants
  • Hedge clippings
  • Prunings and twigs
  • Hay (bedding from non-meat eating animals only)
  • Fruit/veg garden prunings
Please do not bring kitchen waste.

Is there a limit to how much I can bring?

No, but only bring waste or items you are able to unload yourself.

Taking excessive garden waste may cause delays for others wanting to drop off garden waste.

Garden waste collections will resume as normal from 25 May so any garden waste you are unable to take to the drop-off can be put out for collection. We collect either one brown wheelie bin or four garden sacks.

Would the staff at the drop-off be able to help me unload my garden waste?

Colchester Borough Council staff will be at the site, but they will be unable to assist residents and will be keeping to the 2 metre social distancing rule at all times.

Please only bring items you can unload safely yourself. 

Will there be signage and guidance for what to do at each drop-off location?

There will be signs with instructions around the drop-off service location, along with cones and barriers to ensure everyone keeps a 2 metre distance at all times.

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