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.

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

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

Biscuit wrapper recycling info page: terracycle.co.uk

Bra Recycling

Collected by:
Essex Wildlife Trust at the Visitor Centres info on bra recycling here: essexwt.org.uk

Bread Bag Recycling

*Bread Bags (Plastic) – can be recycled at some supermarkets carrier bag recycling banks and also:

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

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
The following items are not acceptable
(Most items an be recycled through kerbside collection schemes)
  • Laundry detergent packaging
  • Toilet freshener packaging
  • Aerosols
  • Plastic bottles and tubs
  • 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

Tendring Primary School

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 Empties Recycling

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*

  • 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 – do not crush the tube)
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

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 

Inhaler Recycling

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

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:

Spectacle 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

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)


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
Collected by:
Brinkley Grove Primary School
Stanway Fiveways Primary School
Elmstead Primary School

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


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