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Colchester

All recycling centres across Essex will be closed until further notice. The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but is essential as residents should stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).Address

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.

Opening hours

16 October to end of February

9am – 4pm every day

1 March to 15 October

9am – 5pm every day 

Closed

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve closed from 1pm

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day 

What you cannot bring to recycling centres

  • Asbestos  
  • Chemicals and other toxic substances
  • Clinical waste
  • Dead animals
  • Fireworks ammunition and explosives
  • Fuel
  • Hazardous waste
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Landlord's waste
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Business waste

Vehicle and site restrictions

Light commercial vehicles (under 3,500kg) will be accepted if they are carrying your own household waste. 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:

  • three wheelbarrow loads (one car boot) of soil, hardcore or gypsum-based products including plasterboard and dry wall lining
  • one wheelbarrow load of tiles

In any 6-month period you may not exceed each of the following:

  • three large ceramic items (e.g. toilet or wash basin)
  • one uPVC or wooden window frame
  • one uPVC or wooden door
  • three wooden internal doors
  • any element of a built-in kitchen

Find out more about recycling centres

Recycling centre policy and site restrictions

Advice for businesses disposing of their waste in Essex