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You will need to book a slot to visit this recycling centre. You can book your slot up to 2 weeks in advance. For further information read our bookings page.
You must be a resident in the statutory area of Essex County Council to use this site. Staff may ask for proof of residency from visitors (such as a council tax bill or driving licence). Residents from nearby areas in Suffolk may also use this site, thanks to a reciprocal partnership with Suffolk County Council allowing cross-border use.
Colchester Recycling Centre, Maldon Road, Shrub End, Colchester, Essex, CO3 4RN
Information on disabled access to the recycling centre can be found on AccessAble, formerly Disabled Go.
9am to 4pm every day.
9am to 5pm every day.
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve closed from 1pm.
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
You need to to book in advance to visit in a car, van, pick-up or vehicle towing a large trailer.*
Book your slot to visit in a car
Book your slot to visit in a van, pick-up or large trailer
*Blue Badge holders are not required to make a booking.
What does Essex County Council define as a van, pick-up or large trailer?
Recycling centre bookings terms and conditions.
To cancel a booking, please follow the link in your booking confirmation.
The following items cannot be taken to any ECC recycling centre. You must arrange a separate collection or disposal of these items.
Find out how to correctly dispose of household hazardous waste in Essex.
Light commercial vehicles (under 3,500kg / 3.5 tonnes) will be accepted with a valid booking if they are carrying your own household waste. You are required to make a booking in advance if visiting a site in a van, pick-up or vehicle towing a large trailer. Site staff may stop you at the gate to ensure the waste you are carrying has come from the household.
Colchester Recycling Centre accept small quantities of some DIY and construction waste, providing you have completed the work yourself and it is from your own household.
In any 28-day period you may not exceed each of the following:
In any 6-month period you may not exceed each of the following:
Recycling centre policy and site restrictions