Maldon Road, Shrub End, Colchester, CO3 4RN

Opening hours

16 October to end of February

9am – 4pm every day

1 March to 15 October

9am – 5pm every day 


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

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 only accepts the following amounts of DIY waste:

  • In any 28-day period you may not exceed three wheelbarrow loads (one car boot) of soil, hardcore or gypsum-based products including plasterboard and dry wall lining
  • In any six-month period you may not exceed 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 or any elements of a built-in kitchen

Save yourself a visit!

Many people come to our recycling centres with things they could've given away or even sold. Find your item in our A to Z of waste for advice on your options.