Christmas & New Year Rubbish and Recycling collections 2019-20

Please look out for our press adverts and leaflet 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
Wednesday 25 December Friday 27th December
Thursday 26th December Saturday 28th December
Friday 27th December Monday 30 December
Monday 30 December Tuesday 31 December
Tuesday 31st December Thursday 2nd January
Wednesday 1st January Friday 3rd January
Thursday 2nd January Saturday 4th January
Friday 3rd January Monday 6 January
Monday 6th January Tuesday 7th January
Tuesday 7th January Wednesday 8th January
Wednesday 8th January Thursday 9th January
Thursday 9th January Friday 10th January
Friday 10th January Saturday 11 January

Normal collections will resume from Monday 13 January 2020

Garden waste and Christmas trees collections

There are NO garden waste collections from Monday 9 December 2019 to Friday 17 January inclusive.

Normal garden waste collections start again on Monday 20 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 20th January and the 10th February.

Dorothy House Christmas tree collections

If you live in BA1, BA2 or BA3 Dorothy House are once again offering to collect them between Friday 10 and Sunday 12 January 2020 for a small donation to the charity.  For further information or to register your tree for collection visit    Registration closes 12 noon on Tuesday 7 January 2020.

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). Alternatively, recycled brown paper is also greener than conventional wrapping paper, and can look good on your presents.
  • 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 tied 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. 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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