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Christmas waste, recycling and garden waste collections

Online bin calendar. Find out when your black, green or brown bin collection is over the festive period at

Published: Friday, 3rd December 2021

Residents are being reminded to check when their waste and recycling collections will take place over Christmas and New Year by visiting

Cllr Paul Kunes, borough council Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “The festive period is the busiest time of the year for domestic waste and recycling and I ask that residents do what they can to support our collection crews.

“I ask people to plan ahead for how they manage their waste and recycling over the holiday season. With Bank Holidays falling on Monday and Tuesday after Christmas, along with another one after New Years Day, there are some unavoidable delays for certain rounds and I recommend that people check when their bins will be collected.

"Please remember that you can put additional recycling in any clear bag and put it out with your green recycling bin for collection. In spite of the challenges we have all faced this year, residents have recycled more than ever, please keep up the good work.

“Additional black bin waste can be put out for collection with your black bin but must be in a bin bag secured with an official red tag. These can be purchased at for £1.95 each plus £2.00 postage per order. Please allow enough time for delivery bearing in mind Christmas mail deadlines.

The borough council is also keen to remind residents that they can now put food waste into ordinary plastic bags before placing it in food caddies rather than using expensive compostable liners.

Cllr Kunes continued: “Using the food waste caddies is easier and more hygienic than before. I hope this will encourage more people to make use of them instead of putting food waste into the black bins."

Food waste from caddies is sent to an anaerobic digestor where the bags are stripped out, and the rotting waste then produces methane which is then burnt to produce clean electricity. The remaining food waste is pasteurised before being used as fertiliser by farmers, reducing the need to put chemicals on the land.

Cllr Kunes added: “I’m also pleased to say that, for the first time ever, brown bin collections will take place during the festive period this year. Please check on the borough council website to see when your collection will take place.” Find out more about your collection at

You can also dispose of any excess waste before Christmas by taking it to household waste recycling centres – check for opening times and locations.

To report that your bin has not been emptied, please search for 'missed bin' at or call 0330 1099220 before 12pm on the next working day. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Bank Holiday Monday 27, Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December, New Year’s Day and Bank Holiday Monday 3 January.

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