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Waste limit exemption

What you will need to complete this form

  • A detailed reason as to why you need an exemption
  • An up to date email address
  • What you currently dispose of and what you currently recycle

Other important information

This form will take approximately 5 minutes to complete

We are limiting households to three black bags of household rubbish every fortnight.

Apply for an exemption if you think that you will exceed the 3 bag limit.

What is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?

In Colchester a Mandatory HMO includes houses and flats that are:

  • Occupied by 5 or more people;
  • Who form 2 or more households (i.e. the occupiers are not all members of the same family);
  • And who generally share 1 more basic amenity (i.e. kitchen, bathroom, or toilet)

PLEASE NOTE:

You may qualify for an exemption if:

  • You already recycle everything you can, and

In black bag areas

  • You have a large quantity of non-recyclable rubbish which means you are unable to meet the fortnightly limit of three black bags per household (totalling no more than 180 litres). For example, you need to dispose of large amounts of ‘offensive waste’ or you have a large family.

In wheelie bin areas

  • You have a large quantity of non-recyclable rubbish which means you are unable to fit it into the standard 180 litre wheelie bin per fortnight. For example, you need to dispose of large amounts of ‘offensive waste’ or you have a large family.

Your application will be reviewed by one of our team who will contact you by telephone to discuss this with you.

To help us make a decision, you will be visited at your home by a recycling advisor to discuss your request. You will need to show us that you make full use of our recycling and food waste service.

READ MORE IN OUR EXEMPTIONS POLICY

If you have trouble moving your rubbish and recycling out to the kerbside or collection point, you are able to apply for an assisted collection.

If you have read and are clear with the above, please click below to go to the next step.

The information that we ask you to provide in the following form is purely to help us decide whether we can offer you an exemption to the limit on how many black bags you can put out or if you qualify for a larger black wheelie bin. 

This information will only be shared with the relevant officers within the Waste and Recycling department who will be responsible for making a decision.

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Things you will need

  • A detailed reason as to why you need an exemption
  • An up to date email address
  • What you currently dispose of and what you currently recycle

Important information

This form will take approximately 5 minutes to complete

We are limiting households to three black bags of household rubbish every fortnight.

Apply for an exemption if you think that you will exceed the 3 bag limit.

What is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?

In Colchester a Mandatory HMO includes houses and flats that are:

  • Occupied by 5 or more people;
  • Who form 2 or more households (i.e. the occupiers are not all members of the same family);
  • And who generally share 1 more basic amenity (i.e. kitchen, bathroom, or toilet)