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Christmas bins and recycling guide

Changes to bin collection days

Your bin collections days will change over the Christmas and New Year period. See the table below for details of when your bins will be collected.

Normal collection date Revised collection date
Monday 27 December Wednesday 29 December
Tuesday 28 December Thursday 30 December
Wednesday 29 December Friday 31 December
Thursday 30 December Tuesday 4 January
Friday 31 December Wednesday 5 January
Monday 3 January Thursday 6 January
Tuesday 4 January Friday 7 January
Wednesday 5 January Saturday 8 January
Thursday 6 January Monday 10 January
Friday 7 January Tuesday 11 January
Monday 10 January Wednesday 12 January
Tuesday 11 January Thursday 13 January
Wednesday 12 January Friday 14 January
Thursday 13 January Saturday 15 January
Friday 14 January Monday 17 January
Monday 17 January Tuesday 18 January
Tuesday 18 January Wednesday 19 January
Wednesday 19 January Thursday 20 January
Thursday 20 January Friday 21 January
Friday 21 January Saturday 22 January

Collections will return to normal on Monday 24 January 2022.

Every house will receive a bin hanger before Christmas which will list the date changes to bin collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

Please make sure your bins or containers are on the boundary of your property by 7am on the day of your collection.

Where should I put my Christmas waste?

Remember that additional recycling can be placed next to your recycling bins in a cardboard or plastic box on your collection day.

Item Households Flats
Advent calendar - plastic insert Grey mixed recycling bin Green bin
Advent calendar - cardboard outer Grey mixed recycling bin Green bin
Batteries Place household batteries in a carrier bag on top of your grey recycling bin lid. Battery recycling boxes can also be found in most shops which sell batteries, and at Household Waste Recycling Centres
Baubles Purple bin Black bin
Biscuit tins Grey mixed recycling bin Green bin
Christmas cards Purple bin, or re-use as gift tags next year Black bin or re-use as gift tags next year
Christmas crackers Purple bin, due to mixture of materials (e.g. foil, ribbon, snap etc.) Black bin, due to mixture of materials (e.g. foil, ribbon, snap etc.)
Christmas lights Household Waste Recycling Centres Household Waste Recycling Centres
Christmas tree (artificial) Household Waste Recycling Centres Household Waste Recycling Centres
Christmas tree (real) Next to brown bin (if you subscribe to garden waste collections), or at Household Waste Recycling Centres or some garden centres Household Waste Recycling Centres or collection points at garden centres
Electrical items Household Waste Recycling Centres  
Food waste Food caddy
Kitchen towels/paper napkins Purple bin Black bin
Party hats (card only, without glitter or trimmings) Grey mixed recycling bin Green bin
Party poppers Purple bin Black bin
Polystyrene Purple bin Black bin
Tinsel Purple bin Black bin
Toys Charity shop, Household Waste Recycling Centres or purple bin Charity shop, Household Waste Recycling Centres or black bin
Wrapping paper - plain brown or printed paper, no foil or metallic effect Grey mixed recycling bin Green bin
Wrapping paper - with foil, glitter or plastic coating Re-use, or Purple bin Black bin

For additional information you can also check our ‘What goes in my bins and box’ pages for houses and flats.

Bad weather

If your bins are not collected due to bad weather, please leave them on your boundary for up to three days following your usual collection day.

If they have not been collected within this time, then return them to your property and present them on your next scheduled collection day. Unfortunately we won’t be able to collect your bins any sooner than this.

Please check our website or social media for details of any disruption to the service.

Disruptions are mainly due to icy roads which are unsafe for our large collection vehicles to manoeuvre on. The icy weather can also cause bin lids and contents to freeze so they cannot be emptied. If you can loosen the lid before the collection vehicles arrive, this will help ensure your bin is emptied, as long as it is safe for the vehicle to access your road.