What Plastics Can & Can’t Be Collected in Colchester

One of the questions we get asked regularly is which plastics can and can’t the Borough Council collect for recycling in the clear bags. Here is the list:

Items that can be collected include:

Plastic bottles like:
Plastic milk bottles
Fizzy drink bottles
Water bottles
Shampoo bottles
Bottles from household cleaning products
Bleach bottles
Plastic pots like:
Yoghurt pots
Cream pots
Soup pots
Salad pots
Plastic tubs like:
Margarine tubs
Ice cream tubs
Plastic trays like:
Meat trays
Fruit trays or punnets
Biscuit trays
Blister packs like:
Packaging containing batteries, toys, tablets
Plastic plant pots
Worn out white garden sacks

Items that cannot be collected include:

Plastic bags like:
Carrier bags
Bread bags
Freezer bags
Fruit and vegetable bags
Multi-pack crisp bags
Salad and sandwich bags
Plastic wrapping like:
Plastic nets & labels (e.g. for citrus fruits)
Plastic film from magazines and newspapers
Wrapping from food products
Wrapping around multi-packs of cans
Wrapping around toilet rolls
Cling film
Plastic cereal liners
Plastic film from the top of ready meals
Pesticide or chemical bottles
Hard plastics like:
Children’s toys
Milk crates
Polystyrene, including:
Polystyrene food trays (e.g. take-away boxes)
Expanded polystyrene packaging (e.g. Loosefill polystyrene used for padding in packaging)
Bubble wrap
Electronic items
Plastic strapping or rope (e.g. polyrope, lock lashing straps)
Aluminium Coated Plastic Pouches and Packaging
Cat Food Pouches
Crisp Packets
Video/cassette tapes or CD/DVD cases
Plastic toys
Washing up bowls
Large items such as garden furniture

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