Christmas bin collection: When can you put your rubbish out over the holidays?

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Rubbish collection and Christmas tree recycling offered by councils over the holidays (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)
Rubbish collection and Christmas tree recycling offered by councils over the holidays (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)

The holidays are almost here and with the Christmas feasts in the oven and gifts under the tree rubbish is already piling up.

But the holiday period usually sees a change in services – bin collection included.

As Christmas falls on a weekend this year there have also been changes to bank holiday dates and when you can do away with your waste.

Before disposing of your rubbish and recyclables here’s what you need to know:

Is rubbish collection running on bank holidays?

Christmas Day (Saturday December 25) and New Year’s Day (Saturday January 1) both fall on a weekend with Boxing Day on Sunday 26 December.

This means additional bank holidays have been scheduled Monday 27, Tuesday 28 December and Tuesday 3 January.

Waste teams in some boroughs, including Harrow, Brent, Bromley, Greenwich, Ealing, Kensington and Chelsea, Newham, and Wandsworth will not be collecting rubbish on any bank holidays.

Hackney will be running waste collection with some dates pushed forward but still collecting on bank holiday Monday (December 27).

Hammersmith and Fulham will have pick up on the replacement on December 27 while no bin services will run on replacement bank holidays December 28 and January 3.

Hounslow will run no collections on Monday December 27 but will offer pick-up on additional bank holidays December 28 and January 3.

Sutton will be running as normal on bank holidays over Christmas and New Years.

When will my bins be collected?

The dates for bin collection will be different for each constituency, with some keeping to a regular schedule and others organising replacement dates to avoid build up.

To find your local council website enter your postcode here where you can check for regular updates.

London councils won’t be collecting bins on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Barnet, Enfield, Camden, Croydon, Haringey, Hillingdon, Kingston Upon Thames, Lambeth, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond Upon Thames, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Westminster will be maintaining the normal routine over the holidays with no planned changes to the collection calendar.

Some councils have organised schedule changes and early pick-up on Christmas Eve, December 24.

Bexley will have an adjusted schedule shifted forward by one day until the new year.

Green bins pick-ups will be suspended in Havering from Christmas until January 10 2022.

From the first Monday in January 2022, collections for the entire week will happen a day later than usual for both Islington and Lewisham.

What goes in my blue bins?

Decorative tinsel, metallic wrapping paper, sticky tape, and unclean foil containers will not be collected as part of recycled waste collection.

Glitter and decorative foil are also non-recyclable items so Christmas cards and wrapping paper with these elements cannot go in your blue bins.

How can I dispose of my Christmas Tree?

Many councils are offering free kerbside pick-up for real Christmas trees with all decorations, stands and pots removed.

Trees over 6ft are expected to be cut in half and left at the border of your property to be collected in January 2022.

The following boroughs do not provide this service per household but offer alternative drop off points for tree recycling: Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Harrow, Havering, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lewisham, Wandsworth and Westminster.

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