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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

Paper, Plastic and Garden Waste Drop-Off Service

We are providing a temporary drop-off service for households with additional paper, plastic and garden waste.

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Guidelines to follow if attending a drop-off service
  • Drop-off dates, locations and times
  • Frequently asked questions about the drop-off service

To support those households with additional paper, plastic and garden waste as a result of the service suspension, we are providing a temporary drop-off service at several locations across the borough.

Please keep to the following guidelines if you plan to use the drop-off service.

 
  • 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 2-metre 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 the drop-off service

 

Saturday 6 June 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 (refuse and recycling vehicles will be located on the road)
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8.30am to 12pm
 

Saturday 13 June 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
Do not bring kitchen waste.

What types of paper and plastic recycling can I bring?

You can bring all types of paper, card and plastic that would normally be collected as part of your kerbside collection.

Do not mix paper and plastic in the same clear bags as these will not be accepted.

Flatten any large boxes before you arrive.

Check out What I Can Recycle for more information.

Can I bring my glass and cans?

These drop-off events are focusing on garden waste, plastic, paper and card. Please store your glass and cans at home ready for your next kerbside collection.

Is there a limit to how much I can bring?

Only bring waste or items you can unload yourself.

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

Paper and plastic recycling is currently being collected every four-weeks. Recycling collections, excluding textiles, will return to normal week commencing 22 June.

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

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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