Residents can enjoy a green Christmas

Published: Thursday 18th December 14

The council is encouraging residents to have a green Christmas by taking advantage of the borough's doorstep recycling services over the festive period.

Wrapping paper, Christmas cards and envelopes, drinks cans, glass bottles, jars, juice cartons and plastic bottles can all be placed in recycling sacks – but metallic 'foil' style wrapping paper should not be added.

All households included in the borough’s clear sack recycling service should receive a fresh batch of sacks delivered to their doorsteps before the end of this month. If people do not receive them, or run out, they can order more online at

Residents in blocks of flats, who do not have an individual doorstep refuse collection can place recyclable items in the communal recycling banks that have been placed on housing estates.

The council will also recycle Christmas trees free of charge as part of its regular refuse and recycling service. These will all be shredded and turned into compost. People should make sure that all decorations, pots and stands have been removed. This service applies only to real trees not artificial ones. 

Trees will be collected from people’s front gardens on their refuse and recycling collection days between Monday, January 5 and Friday, January 16.

Residents with front gardens should place any trees for collection alongside their dustbins and recycling sacks.  Those without front gardens can place them on the pavement directly in front of their home but only if it does not cause an obstruction. These trees should not be left out for collection any earlier than 6.30pm on the day before the collection is due.
Residents who live in blocks of flats should leave their trees near to their refuse bin store, making sure they do not block access.

Over the festive break there will be some changes to normal refuse and recycling collection days, as there will be none on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Collections that would normally take place on Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26 will both take place one day later, Services will operate as normal between Monday, December 29 and New Years Eve but the collections on Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2 will also both run the following day.
The normal timetable will be fully restored on Monday, January 5. Collections are only being made on Saturday over the festive period. In the new year the service will revert to its normal five day a week operation.

For more information about refuse and recycling services over the Christmas break, visit

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