Residents can enjoy a green Christmas

Published: 23 December 2015

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.

The borough’s clear sack doorstep recycling service covers around 90,000 homes in the borough. Residents who receive this service and need more sacks can order them 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 all the borough’s housing estates.

The council will also recycle Christmas trees free of charge. These will be shredded and turned into compost. People who want to take advantage of this free service 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 scheduled refuse and recycling collection days between Tuesday, January 5 and Monday, January 18.

Residents with front gardens should place trees for collection alongside their dustbins and recycling sacks inside their gardens. 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. Trees should not be left out for collection any earlier than 6.30pm on the day before the collection is due.

People who live in blocks of flats should leave their trees near to their refuse bin store, making sure they do not block access.

Residents are being strongly urged not to abuse this free collection service by dumping trees on the street or in the road. This is totally unnecessary as they will be collected free of charge from the front of people’s homes. People who dump trees block pavements and parking bays and cause enormous difficulties for people in wheelchairs and parents with pushchairs or buggies.

Anyone caught dumping their Christmas tree on the highway and causing an obstruction risks being issued with an £80 on-the-spot-fine.

Over the festive break there will be some changes to normal refuse and recycling collection days, as these are suspended for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Collections that would normally take place on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1 will both take place one day later on the Saturday.

The normal timetable will be fully restored on Monday, January 4 when the service will revert to its normal five day a week operation. Collections are only being made on Saturdays over the festive period.

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

For details of other council services over the festive period visit