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New Waste Strategy 2017

Waste and Recycling 2017

Changes to Colchester's rubbish and recycling collections will be introduced from June 2017 to help boost recycling and cut waste.

The collections changes, which were agreed by Cabinet on Tuesday 20 December, include:

  • Introducing fortnightly collections for general rubbish
  • A maximum of three black sacks per household
  • Food waste will continue to be collected weekly
  • All other recycling collections are unchanged and residents should continue to use their existing recycling containers for paper, plastics, cans, glass, textiles, food and green waste
  • Wheelie bin collections will be introduced into specific areas of the Borough. These Include:
    • Mile End
    • Greenstead
    • Old Heath and The Hythe (excluding The Hythe and Rowhedge)
    • Shrub End
    • Stanway
    • Berechurch
    • More detailed information for these areas will be available from spring 2017.
  • Free clear sacks will be delivered but residents won't receive free black sacks
  • White garden sacks will now be free (from June 2017)
  • A second free green box is available so glass and cans can be separated (available now). Find your nearest pick-up point‚Äč

These changes will help boost the amount of recycling the Borough produces by focussing less on general waste and more on recycling and will be introduced in June 2017.

If you live in a flat and have a communal recycling and rubbish collection these changes will not affect you.

Until June 2017, you are encouraged to continue putting your rubbish and recycling out as normal and recycling as much as you can. What can I recycle and how?

Please click here to read more information in our FAQs.

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