Family unwrapping Christmas presents

Christmas & New Year Rubbish and Recycling collections 2018-19

Please look out for our press adverts and bin hangers (or a letter if you have a reusable rubbish bag or black sack) over the coming weeks. Your collection day is likely to be affected by the Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday’s.

Find your collection day and download your collection calendar.

We have made the below following changes to ensure regular collections throughout the festive period.

My Collection day should be Revised collection day
Tuesday 25th December Thursday 27th December
Wednesday 26th December Friday 28th December
Thursday 27th December Saturday 29th December
Friday 28th December Monday 31st December
Monday 31st December Wednesday 2nd January
Tuesday 1st January Thursday 3rd January
Wednesday 2nd January Friday 4th January
Thursday 3rd January Saturday 5th January
Friday 4th January Monday 7th January
Monday 7th January Tuesday 8th January
Tuesday 8th January Wednesday 9th January
Wednesday 9th January Thursday 10th January
Thursday 10th January Friday 11th January
Friday 11th January Saturday 12th January

Normal collections will resume from Monday 14 January 2019

Garden waste and Christmas trees collections

There are NO garden waste collections from Monday 3 December 2018 to Friday 25 January inclusive.

Normal garden waste collections start again on Monday 28 January.

Please take your Christmas trees to our Recycling Centres or they can be put out for collection free of charge on garden waste collection days between 28th January and the 8th February.

Dorothy House Christmas tree Collections

Local Hospice, Dorothy House are running a limited fundraising Christmas tree collection in Bath's BA1 and BA2 areas. Hospice supporters and volunteers will collect only pre-booked Christmas trees between 11th -13th January 2019 in exchange for an online charitable donation.

All pre-booked trees must be ready for collection by 8am on Friday 11th January and clearly labelled 'Dorothy House and your address'.

To sign up your tree and donate visit The recommended donation to Dorothy House for this service is £10. All details on their website.

Please note the charity has limited capacity so book early to avoid disappointment.

Recycle more this Christmas

Much of your Christmas waste will be recyclable - so please make full use of the food waste bin, green box and blue bag recycling collections.

Food waste bin

  • Turkey bones & sprout peelings. Cooked and uncooked food waste

Recycling Boxes

  • Wrapping paper (White backed wrapping paper. No glitter or foil).
  • Tins and cans
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Glass bottles and jars (mincemeat jars)
  • Foil (mince pie cases)
  • Want to recycle your Christmas jumper? Don’t forget you can put that, and other textiles, in a carrier bag in your recycling  box
  • Small electricals (broken fairy lights)
  • Batteries, mobile phones, printer cartridges, spectacles, engine oil and car batteries

Blue bag

  • Cardboard and brown paper - When it’s time to take the Christmas cards down, these can be recycled in your blue bag providing they are not shiny or glittery

Go a little further this Christmas…

Walkers Crisps have announced that they are aiming to make all their packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025. In the meantime, they've partnered with recyclers TerraCycle to make it easier to recycle their crisp packets and reduce the impact they have on the environment. Terracycle are also collecting those harder to recycle items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, biscuit and snack packets please Visit here for more information.

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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