Christmas Rubbish Collection in Colchester

If you’re like us, at some point over Christmas and the New Year you’ll be asking the question “When is the Christmas Rubbish Collection in Colchester?”


Christmas Rubbish Collection in Colchester

During the Christmas week, there will be no waste or recycling collections on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Collections due on Christmas Day are to be collected one day earlier on Christmas Eve.


Collections due on Boxing Day – Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th will be one day later than usual.


In the new year, collections from January 1st will be collected one day later than normal. Different recycling and waste types collected on alternating weeks, known as Green and Blue Weeks, will remain the same.


Residents in flats with kerbside black bag collections which would usually fall on Christmas Eve, these collections will take place on December 22nd, followed by December 31st. Communal collections will remain as weekly collections over this period.


The Council is also reminding residents to watch what they waste over Christmas. Nationally, we create 30 per cent more waste than usual over the Christmas period. However, most of what is used at Christmas can be recycled:


  • Wrapping paper, cards and envelopes can all be placed in the clear paper recycling bag, unless it’s covered in glitter or metallic foil. Ribbons, bows and other adornments must be removed too.
  • Glass bottles and cans can all be placed in green recycling boxes.
  • Turkey bones and other scraps can go into the food waste caddy. Many leftovers can be frozen or reused.
  • Christmas trees can be recycled through St Helena Hospice’s Tree-cycle scheme by signing up here, or sawn up and placed in the garden waste sacks/bin.
  • Many plastic items such as bottles and packaging can be recycled.


A full list of what items can and cannot be recycled in the borough is available online at

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