From Monday 28 February 2022 you will need to book a slot in advance to visit a recycling centre in a van, pick-up or a vehicle towing a trailer with more than one axle. You can book your slot up to 2 weeks in advance. The booking system is now open. For further information, read our bookings page.
Please note there is currently no capacity to accept engine oil at Colchester Recycling Centre. The nearest alternative sites are Braintree, Witham, Mersea or Clacton.
You must be a resident in the statutory area of Essex County Council to use this site. Residents outside of the statutory area of Essex County Council are not permitted to use this site. Staff at the centres may ask for proof of residency from visitors (council tax bill or driving licence). Details of your vehicles, as well as names and addresses, may be recorded for monitoring purposes. For information on recycling centres in your area please contact your local council and ensure you check which council area you live.
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.
The following items cannot be taken to any ECC recycling centre. You must arrange a separate collection or disposal of these items.
Light commercial vehicles (under 3,500kg) will be accepted 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: