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Recycling and rubbish collections on bank holidays

Recycling, food waste, rubbish and garden waste collections take place as usual on all bank holidays (Easter, May and August), except over the Christmas/New Year period. 

Christmas and New Year changes 2017-18

There are NO recycling or rubbish collections on:

  • Christmas day - Monday 25 December 2017
  • Boxing day - Tuesday 26 December 2017
  • New Year's day  - Monday 1 January 2018

Recycling and rubbish collections will not take place on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January.   This means the collection crews will be working on Saturday 30 December 6 and 13th January to catch up.  Changes to collections days for Christmas and New Year are below.

If you need to check which week your rubbish collection is on please enter your address Services in Your Area or check the collection calendar delivered with your rubbish bin/bag.  

There are NO Garden waste collections from Monday 25 December 2017 to Monday 8 January 2018, please check your address Services in Your Area for your next collection date. 

Check the dates below to find out your revised rubbish and recycling collection day:

  • Collections due on Mon 25 Dec will be collected on Wed 27 Dec
  • Collections due on Tue 26 Dec will be collected on Thu 28 Dec
  • Collections due on Wed 27 Dec will be collected on Fri 29 Dec
  • Collections due on Thu 28 Dec will be collected on Sat 30 Dec
  • Collections due on Fri 29 Dec will be collected on Tue 02 Jan


  • Collections due on Mon 01 Jan will be collected on Wed 03 Jan
  • Collections due on Tue 02 Jan will be collected on Thu 04 Jan
  • Collections due on Wed 03 Jan will be collected on Fri 05 Jan
  • Collections due on Thu 04 Jan will be collected on Sat 06 Jan
  • Collections due on Fri 05 Jan will be collected on Mon 08 Jan


  • Collections due on Mon 08 Jan will be collected on Tue 09 Jan
  • Collections due on Tue 09 Jan will be collected on Wed 10 Jan
  • Collections due on Wed 10 Jan will be collected on Thu 11 Jan
  • Collections due on Thu 11 Jan will be collected on Fri 12 Jan
  • Collections due on Fri 12 Jan will be collected on Sat 13 Jan

Collections will be back to normal from Monday 15th January 2018

All our Recycling Centres are also closed on the above three bank holidays.

Click on the links below for further information:

Garden waste collections

Free Christmas tree collections

Christmas recycling reminders

Recycle more and re-use at christmas

Severe weather- what to do

Garden waste collections

There are NO garden waste collections from Monday 25 December 2017 to Monday 8 January 2018 inclusive. Garden waste collections start again on Tuesday 9 January 2018 but please check your revised collection date.

Free Christmas tree collections

From 9 to 31 January 2018 we will collect your real Christmas tree for composting, as part of our garden waste collection service. Please:

  • Cut up your tree if it is more than 1.2 meters tall so it will fit in our vehicles
  • Remove the pot and any decorations first
  • Put it at the front edge of your property on your garden waste collection day so that our crews can easily see it. To check which week we collect your garden waste enter your address Services in Your Area

Christmas recycling reminders

If you have space for 2 green boxes we suggest you use the stickers we provided with your wheeled rubbish bin/re-usable rubbish bag and sort your boxes as shown below.

If you have only space for one green box please try and group the materials together in your box. You can always use other suitable containers you have already to put out any extra recycling you may have over the festive period.

Box 1 Paper and glass

  • Greetings cards – please remove ribbons or bows and glittery bits.
  • Paper including wrapping paper – white backed, non-foil types only. Do the scrunch test - if you scrunch it and it springs back, it's not foil.
  • All empty glass bottles and jars including drinks bottles, cranberry sauce and mincemeat jars. No need to remove labels. You can leave the metal tops on as we can recycle these.
  • Clothes, including worn out or unwanted Christmas jumpers, shoes (tied in pairs) and accessories. Any condition but they must be clean and dry so put in a plastic bag in your green box to keep dry, as we cannot recycle wet textiles.
  • Batteries – all household batteries but not loose please – please put in a tied plastic bag at the top of your green box so they don’t get mixed up with your paper.
  • Small electrical items such as broken fairy lights or electronic toys – please put in an open carrier bag next to your green box, so that our crews can see it is recycling.

Box 2 Cans and plastic

These can be mixed together in your box as they are separated by magnets in the recycling process.

  • Empty aerosols including cream, air fresheners, deodorant and shaving foam.
  • Rinsed tins and cans, including larger metal sweet and biscuit tins.
  • Clean foil from mince pies, quiches, meat trays and wrapping your turkey.
  • All empty plastic bottles including shampoo, washing up liquid, bleach bottles – rinse and squash to make more space in your green box, and put the lids back on.
  • Plastic tubs, pots and trays used for food including cream pots, mushroom trays, ice cream tubs and larger plastic sweet and biscuit tubs. No black plastic items please.

Blue bag

  • All cardboard packaging from presents and deliveries, mince pie boxes and tubes from inside wrapping paper and the cardboard from around Christmas crackers (make sure you remove all other non-cardboard items including sticky tape).
  • Brown paper
  • Food and drink cartons – please rinse and flatten.

Food recycling bin

Use your food recycling bin for all raw and cooked food including bones and turkey skin, plate scrapings, veg and fruit peelings, teabags, coffee grounds, nut shells and fruit stones – remember you can put your food waste in plastic bags if you prefer not to use the compostable liners.

Recycle more and re-use at Christmas

See our Top Tips for a greener Christmas

Severe weather- what to do

Our crews work hard to maintain usual services during severe weather, but sometimes delays do happen when roads are icy and driving conditions hazardous particularly for large, heavy vehicles.

We don’t take decisions to delay services lightly, but must consider the safety of our crews, pedestrians and other road users.

If severe weather continues for a long period please check our Current Collection Problems page for updates and our facebook page and and local radio and media.



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