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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

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Every step of the food supply chain from food production, transporting the food to shops and disposal of waste all contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. There are many ways to reduce the environmental impact of food.

Food waste

The Council offers a weekly food waste collection service, enabling food waste to be diverted away from landfill and to an anaerobic digester to produce energy. You can also compost a lot of your food waste at home, which can produce a nutrient rich product which you can put on your garden. There are many tips available on Love Food Hate Waste for you to cut down the amount of food waste you produce in your home. You can also use food sharing applications such as Olio to share any excess edible food that you have with other local people.  

Local food

There is a Farmers' Market that comes to Colchester on the first Friday of the month, with over 20 stalls manned by local businesses stocking local produce. It is open from 9.30am to 2pm at Colchester Arts Centre. 

There are several local businesses and organisations which enable you to access local food.


The environmental impacts of meat and dairy production have been widely publicised. Why not try taking part in initiatives such as Meat Free Monday to cut down on your consumption of these food types?  

Page last reviewed: 4 March 2020

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