What to Put Out - Blue Week | Colchester Borough Council

Winter support

Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents, businesses and communities throughout winter.

What to Put Out - Blue Week


A handy guide so you know what to put out for recycling on Blue Week


  • What food waste you can put in your caddy and what not to put in there.
  • What you can and can't recycle for glass & cans.
  • What household rubbish you can and can't recycle.

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Food Waste

Where does it go?

Locked in large external caddy

Quick Reference

Yes PleaseNo Thanks
  • Meat, fish and shellfish (raw or cooked)
  • Bones and shells
  • Fruit and vegetables (raw or cooked)
  • Dairy Products
  • Bread, cakes or pastries
  • Rice, pasta or beans
  • Uneaten food from plates or dishes
  • Tea bags or coffee grounds
  • Any type of packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Liquids
  • Oils and fats
  • Coffee Filter Paper
  • Pet food, litter or waste
  • Biodegradable face wipes
  • Any other recycling and rubbish


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Purchasing Food Caddy Liners

We are working in partnership with venues across the Borough to provide food caddy liners at a discounted rate - from just 99p per roll. 

We advise using liners for your food caddy to reduce mess and smell, however you do not have to use liners if you do not wish to purchase them. Your food waste can be put directly into the caddy, we suggest lining the bottom first with some newspaper or kitchen roll.

Please note that if you are going to purchase liners from a stockist which is not on the list below, please look out for the 'seedling' logo on the roll Seedling logo which means that the liners are biodegradable.

Please do not line your bags with plastic bags as they are not biodregradable and cannot decompose naturally. 

Find your local Stockist of Food Caddy Liners


Glass, cans and more
Where does it go? 

Cleaned and put in external green boxes (one for glass, one for others)

Quick Reference

Yes PleaseNo Thanks
  • Bottles and jars
  • Metal cans (tinned food and drink)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Biscuit Tins
  • Baby Milk Tins
  • Foil
  • Knives
  • Broken Glass
  • Window Panes
  • Wine Glasses
  • Ovenproof cookware (e.g. Pyrex, glass plates etc.)
  • Badly Soiled Metal Items
  • General Non-recyclable Household waste
  • Garden Furniture


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Household rubbish

Where does it go?

Black bags

Quick Reference

Yes PleaseNo Thanks
  • Nappies, incontinence pads, catheter/stomach bags and sanitary waste
  • Plastic film and Polystyrene
  • Pet litter and waste
  • Knives, broken glass or sharp objects (wrapped in newspaper or cardboard with warning label on)
  • Biodegradable face wipes
  • Clinical and hazardous waste including infectious medical items, needles, granular or powder pesticides, liquid pesticides or asbestos
  • Recycling materials
  • Garden waste
  • Commercial waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Electrical and electronic items
  • Batteries
  • Beverage cartons
  • Liquid waste including oil and paint
  • Large bulky household items including fridges, freezers, beds, televisions and cabinets


Information about Black Bags