Following widespread concern about the public health implications of the Leader of the Council’s decision to suspend the kerbside collection of recyclables, and with mounting pressure from Residents and your Ward Councillors, collection of recyclables (but not garden waste), will resume next week.

Cllr Lewis Barber, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group, said: "The Conservatives, whilst not running the Council, are doing everything we can to support and work with the Council in these extraordinary times. The Waste Department staff have been working incredibly hard in difficult circumstances and deserve all our support but residents are inevitably concerned as to what to do with their recycling. So we have been lobbying hard and working with the Council to find a solution."

The collection pattern for the next 3 months is attached to this e-mail. For your particular household’s temporary recycling calendar, please insert your postcode by clicking on the following link:

https://www.colchester.gov.uk/your-recycling-calendar/#ValidationSummaryEntityFormView

The council will continue to collect non-recyclable rubbish (black bags/bins) every two weeks and food waste every week. Households can continue to put out one additional 60 litre black bag of non-recyclable rubbish for collection on a Blue Week. 

Cans, glass, plastics, paper and card will be collected once every four-weeks. Households will be limited to a maximum of six clear bags of recycling and two green boxes, when their collections are due under the revised temporary calendar.

We have no news on the restoration of the collection of garden waste. We have noted the increasing incidents of garden waste being burned on bonfires, so we will continue to lobby for full restoration of this important component of the kerbside collection.

2020-04-08