Snow and ice - bin collection disruption

Published: 9th February 2021

Colchester Borough Council vehicles will continue to be deployed and will attempt collections where it is safe to do so. However, current road and footway conditions, particularly on minor roads, housing estates and rural areas are making it impossible for the large HGV refuse vehicles and their crews to operate safely.

Continued freezing weather is forecast for the rest of the week, so it is unlikely that conditions will improve to levels that will enable a return to a full and comprehensive service. As such, a very limited service is likely to operate for the rest of this week.

Please continue put out your bins and containers on your scheduled collection day as normal. If no collection service is provided by 5.30pm on that day, then you should take them back to your property until the following scheduled collection day.

  • If you are on a Blue Week w/c 8 February: re-present your bins and containers on your next Blue Week (w/c 22 February).
  • If you are on a Green Week w/c 8 February: re-present your bins and containers on your next Green Week (w/c 22 February).

Please do not call CBC contact centre if your bin or containers are not collected and please note that you will not be able to report a missed bin on our website. Our teams will have made a note of all properties that we have been unable to collect from.

In the meantime, everyone is asked to reduce and recycle their rubbish as much as they possibly can. Metal cans, glass bottles and jars can all go in the green boxes (separate your glass and cans where possible). Paper and plastics can be recycled using clear bags (separate paper and plastics). Please continue to use food waste caddy’s for as long as possible. Check out guide to what you can recycle.

Please help us to reach as many residents as possible and pass this information on to as many friends, family members and neighbours.

We will continue to monitor the weather conditions over the coming days, and we will update and advise further.

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