Christmas Bins and Recycling Guide

Collection dates

Each house should receive a bin hanger before Christmas (available at the bottom of this page) detailing changes to your collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

Normal collection date Revised collection date
Friday 25 December Tuesday 29 December
Monday 28 December Wednesday 30 December
Tuesday 29 December Thursday 31 December
Wednesday 30 December Saturday 2 January
Thursday 31 December Monday 4 January
Friday 1 January Tuesday 5 January
Monday 4 January Wednesday 6 January
Tuesday 5 January Thursday 7 January
Wednesday 6 January Friday 8 January
Thursday 7 January Saturday 9 January
Friday 8 January Monday 11 January
Monday 11 January Tuesday 12 January
Tuesday 12 January Wednesday 13 January
Wednesday 13 January Thursday 14 January
Thursday 14 January Friday 15 January
Friday 15 January Saturday 16 January

Collections will return to normal on Monday 18 January 2021.

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 bin Green bin
Advent calendar - cardboard outer Grey 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 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 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 Purple bin – unfortunately cannot be recycled at present, re-use where possible Black bin – unfortunately cannot be recycled at present, re-use where possible

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

Service disruptions caused by 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.