Local Recycling Directory – Colchester Essex

After you have reduced, reused and repaired any items you buy the next option is to recycle what you have left. The first thing to do is to check out what recycling facilities are available through your Local Authority.

The next step is to see if any items not recycled through your local authority can be recycled somewhere else.
Check out Recycle Now for a comprehensive A to Z directory of how to dispose of items and the Love Essex recycling search facility. .

In Colchester and North East Essex the following local collection points can help you recycle even more. In some cases it will also help the local groups raise money.
– Please make sure your items are clean and dry
– Please don’t make a special journey to deliver by car

See something missing let us know at info@en-form.org.uk.

*Baby Food Pouch Recycling

Baby food pouches under the Ellacycle scheme operated by Terracycle:

Acceptable Items (please ENSURE all items are clean – no residue product):

  • Baby Food pouches – any brand
  • Baby Food pouch caps
  • Ellas Kitchen (only- no other brands) snack wrappers
Collected by:
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the
main entrance.
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG

Battery Recycling

Batteries don’t take up much space in landfill but are made up from hazardous materials and are a pollutant. Please recycle them through the numerous shop and supermarket recycling boxes. Basically if a shop sells batteries it normally has a recycling box.

*Biscuit Wrappers

  • All Brands of non savoury biscuit wrapper
  • All Brands of cracker wrapper
  • All Brands of cake wrapper
  • Rice cake packs

Collected by: 
enform – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the
main entrance.
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG
Tendring Primary School

Biscuit wrapper recycling info page: terracycle.co.uk

Bra Recycling

Collected by:
Essex Wildlife Trust at the Visitor Centres

*Bread Bag Recycling

*Bread Bags (Plastic) – can be recycled at some supermarkets carrier bag recycling banks and also:
Acceptable Items
  • Any brand of bread loaf bag
The following items are not acceptable:
  • Baguette packaging
  • Bread roll packaging
  • Bagel, pretzel and crumpet packaging
  • Wraps, pitta breads, naans and garlic bread packaging
  • Croissants, brioche and pastry packaging
  • Teacakes, fruit loaves and scones packaging
  • Doughnuts, cookies and muffin packaging
  • Cake, cake bars and slices packaging
  • Pancake and waffle packaging
Collected by:
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the
main entrance.
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG
Stanway Fiveways Primary School
Tendring Primary School

Cameras and Optics Recycling

Camera equipment and optics, including binoculars.

Collected by:
Essex Wildlife Trust

*Chocolate Bar and Sweet Packaging

  • Plastic chocolate and sweet pouches and bags
  • Chocolate and sweets multipack outer plastic packaging
  • Individual chocolate bar wrappers
  • Plastic chocolate block wrappers
The following items are not acceptable:
  • Breakfast, granola and energy bar wrappers
  • Aluminium foil, cardboard and paper wrappers. For example: individual foil and paper packets (like ROWNTREE’S® Fruit Pastilles or KITKAT® Biscuits) and cardboard tubes and boxes (like SMARTIES® or AFTER EIGHT®) are not accepted in this programme. These can be recycled via local council facilities.
  • Metal tins and rigid plastic trays or tubs. For example: QUALITY STREET® plastic tubs or DAIRY BOX® chocolate box packaging are not accepted in this programme. These can be recycled
    via local council facilities.
  • QUALITY STREET®wrappers as these are biodegradable via home composting.

Collected by:  
enform – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS

Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the
main entrance.
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG
Tendring Primary School

*Cleaning Packaging Recycling

Any brand of:

  • Fragrance twin pack plastic sleeves
  • Flexible stain remover powder packaging
  • Flexible cleaing product refill packaging
  • Flexible home cleaning wipe packaging
  • Flexible dishwashing tablet packaging
  • Outer Plastic sleeves
  • Dishwasher cleaner outer packaging
  • Foil inside dishwasher packaging
  • Flexible plastic dishwashing salt bags

And

Any brand of:

  • Plastic air freshener containers
  • Plastic air freshener caps
  • Plastic car air fresheners (except electric plug ins)
  • Flexible wipe packaging used for cleaning only
  • Flexible laundry washing capsules and pods packaging
  • Tinted fabric conditioner bottles and caps
  • Tinted rigid plastic tubs used for home cleaning
The following items are not acceptable
(Most items an be recycled through kerbside collection schemes)
  • Laundry detergent packaging
  • Toilet freshener packaging
  • Aerosols (recycle with kerbside can collection in many areas)
  • Plastic bottles and tubs (recycle with plastic collection in many areas)
  • Dishwasher liquid bottles, rinse aid packaging
  • Fragrance candles, reeds, plug ins and auto sprays
  • Soda Crystals packaging
  • Washing machine and oven cleaner packaging
  • Cardboard packaging (recycle with kerbside paper collection in many areas)j
  • Flexible wipe packaging not used for home cleaning (such as baby and beauty wipes packaging)
Collected by:
Braiswick Primary Apprentice drive, Colchester, CO4 5SE  Public collection point is outside the school pedestrian entrance on Apprentice drive
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the
main entrance.
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG

Tendring Primary School

Coffee Pods Recycling

Nespresso

Nescafe Dolce Gusto

*Lavazzo Eco Caps –  This scheme is operated by Terracycle and
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS.  is a collection point

*Contact Lens Recycling 

*Contact Lenses and packaging:
Collected by:
Boots Opticians

Cork Recycling

For Recorked see: recorkeduk.org 

Collected by:
enform – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS

*Cosmetic Packaging Recycling

Accepted Items: All Brands of

  • Flexible plastic and metallic plastic tubes used for body creams, ointments or moisturisers
  • Flexible plastic packaging used for facial cleaning wipes
  • Eye shadow compacts
  • Lip and cheek, highlighter and bronzer sticks
  • Mascara tubes and wands
  • Lipsticks, lip glosses and lip balms

The following items are not acceptable:

  • Glass
  • Rigid plastic bottles, pots and tubs used for personal care unless not accepted by local council facilities
  • Flexible plastic tubes not used for personal care and as for moisturisers or body creams (such as hair care, shower gels, food and glue tubes)
  • Flexible plastic wipes packaging not used for personal care ( e.g. baby wipes and cleaning wipes)
  • Deodorant, body spray or perfume
  • Cardboard packaging (recycling through council recyc;ling)

Collected by:
enform – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS

Accepted Items: All brands of
  • Flexible single use mask packaging and the blue plastic film put on top of the tissue mask (used for personal care and beauty products)
  • Flexible plastic wipes packaging (used for personal care and beauty products)
  • Personal care and beauty product packaging caps, pumps and trigger sparays (rigod plastic bottles not accepted – recycle through council schemes)
  • Plastic pots and flexible plastic tubes (used for personal care and beauty products)
  • Hair colourant kits (except rigid plastic bottles and cardboard packaging)
  • Plastic roll on deodorants (aerosols not accepted)
Also check out:
Cosmetic empties are any container or item of cosmetics packaging, any brand
Collected by:
Origins counters in Debenhams.
Body Shop recycles any Body shop empty plastic bottles, tubs, tubes and pots.

*Crisp and Snack Packet Recycling

 

*Snack Packets (risps, nuts, popcorn and pretzels

  • Any brand of Crisp packet
  • Any brand of Crisp multipack wrapper
  • Any brand of nut packet
  • Any brand of pretzel packet
  • Any brand of popcorn packet
  • Pringle Tubes including plastic lid and seal Only (no other brands)
The following snack packs are also acceptable:
  • Quavers
  • Doritos
  • Hula Hoops
  • McCoy big crisps
  • Cheese Puffs
  • Onion rings
  • Monster munch type snacks
  • Pork Scratchings
The following items are not acceptable
  • Meat snack packets
  • Dried fruit packets

Collected by:
Braiswick Primary Apprentice drive, Colchester, CO4 5SE  Public collection point is outside the school pedestrian entrance on Apprentice drive
enform – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the
main entrance.
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG
Stanway Fiveways Primary School
Tendring Primary School

Currency and Stamps 

Collected by:
Essex Wildlife Trust can process old or foreign coins and notes. They can be donated at visitor centres.  More info here: essexwt.org.uk 

*Disposable Gloves

  • Disposable Latex Gloves
  • Disposable Vinyl Gloves
  • Disposable Nitrile Gloves
  • Disposable Cast Polyethylene Gloves
The following items are not acceptable
  • Non-disposable gloves
  • Disposable gloves that have not been used in a domestic environment
  • Disposable gloves that have been used with harsh chemicals or unhygienic substances
  • Any cardboard glove packaging (this can be recycled through your local council)
Collected by:

Gadgets and Phones (see also Mobile Phone Recycling)

Gadgets including mobile phones, tablets, iPods, games consoles, games and accessories, MP3 Players and satnavs.mists are part of this scheme.
Collected by:
Essex Wildlife Trust

Inhaler Recycling

Inhalers (Medical) only. Many chemists are part of this scheme.
Check for a local collection point here.

Jewellery

Old or broken jewellery and watches (including costume jewellery).
Collected by:
Essex Wildlife Trust

Light Bulb Recycling

Energy Efficient light bulbs only.

Collected by:
Robert Dyas, Colchester High Street

Mobile Phone Recycling

 Unwanted mobile phones can be sold through Sell My Mobile who appear to search all the other mobile phone and comparison sites to give you the best deal. Mobile phones have quite a lot of expensive raw materials that are pollutants so please don’t dump them even if they are not worth anything.

*Pet Food Pouch Recycling 

*Pet Food Pouches: Please ensure packaging is very clean and dry without any product residue
  • All wet food pouches
  • All pet treat flexible plastic packaging and pouches
  • All dry pet food flexible plastic packaging
Collected by:
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the
main entrance.
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG

Printer Cartridges (Inkjets) Recycling

Inkjet cartridges only from HP, Canon and Epson

Collected by:
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS  
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the main entrance
Stanway Fiveways Primary School

Razor Blades

Cab be recycled through Gillette by Freepost envelope. until 30th June 2020.
Details at https://www.gillette.co.uk/recycle.list

*Ring Carrier for Cans

Collected by:
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS  
Braiswick Primary Apprentice drive, Colchester, CO4 5SE  Public collection point is outside the school pedestrian entrance on Apprentice Drive
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG

Spectacle Recycling (see also  “Contact Lens” Recycling)

Many opticians collect unwanted spectacles which are then recycled.

Collected by :
Boots Opticians
Bethell and Clark (for Vision Aid)
Specsavers  (for Vision Aid)  
Owen Aves

School Uniforms

Unwanted outgrown school uniforms

Collected by:
Essex Uniform Project

Tetra-pak Food  and Drink Cartons and Coffee Cups

In Colchester and the local area these can ONLY be recycled at large supermarkets using the special Tetra- pak recycling banks. Check for your local bank here

In Colchester that means the recycling bank areas at Asda, Sainsburys Tollgate anf Tescos at Highwoods, The Hythe and Tiptree.

*Toothbrushes and Oral Cleaning Recycling

  • Any brand of toothbrush
  • Any brand of electric and battery toothbrush heads
  • Any brand of toothpaste tube and caps
  • Any brand of toothbrush outer packaging (if this cannot be recycled through your normal kerbside collection)
  • Any brand of dental floss containers and outer floss packaging
Collected by:
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the
main entrance
Rowhedge Recyclers -The Crow’s Nest, Regents Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HG
Tendring Primary School  
Stanway Fiveways Primary School

More info on recycling toothbrushes etc here: terracycle.co.uk

Water Filter Recycling

*The Following Brand and items only:
  • Aqua Optima Universal Water Filters
  • Aqua Optima Evolve 30 and 60 Day Water Filters
  • Aqua OptimaOriginal 30 and 60 Day Water Filters

Brita Filters only:

Collected by:
Many organisations check here, select others then Water Filters
Robert Dyas, Colchester High Street
Sainsburys Priory Walk, Colchester

Wool Recycling

For local Community Projects

*Writing Instrument Recycling

The following items are collected:
  • Any brand of pen, felt tip, mechanical pencil and eraser pen
  • Any brand of highlighter
  • Any brand of correction fluid pot and correction tape
  • Any brand of marker
The following items are not accepted
  • wooden pencils and chalk
  • glue sticks
  • erasers, rulers or other cutting objects that could disturb the recycling process

More info on this type of recycling here: Terracycle.co.uk

Collected by:
Brinkley Grove Primary School
Elmstead Primary School
Prettygate School Recycle Scheme –  24hr public access bin on Plume Avenue by the main entrance.
Stanway Fiveways Primary School
St Lawrence’s School, Rowhedge. Collected in a yellow bin is in the open lobby, before the locked doors into the school

The following items are collected:

  • Any brand of yougurt pouch and their caps

The following items are not accepted

  • Plastic yogurt bottles and pots•
  • Smoothie or food pouches•
  • Glass yogurt jars

Collected by:
en-form – 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS

More info on this type of recycling here: Terracycle.co.uk

*the above items are part of the terracycle Scheme:  terracycle.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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