Christmas and New Year refuse collections

Residents are being reminded that there will be changes to their refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

As collection teams will not be working Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, changes have been made to the collections schedule (full details here).

Normal collections will be resumed the week commencing Monday 18 January.

The changes apply to black bins, green bins and green recycling boxes and bags.

Please can residents put bins or recycling boxes outside by 7am on the day of collection. If a collection is missed on the due day, then residents should leave their bins out for collection on the following working day.

As part of the first black bin collection after Christmas, up to three extra bags of waste next to wheelie bins will be collected. This extra, one-off service is for black wheelie bins only, not for green bins.

The four SORT IT!* centres at Little Stoke, Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate will be closed on Friday 25 December, Saturday 26 December and Friday 1 January 2010.

The following information should also be noted:

  • Bulky waste: collections will be suspended from Thursday 24 December 2009 until Monday 4 January 2010
  • Christmas trees: these may be chopped up and put in green wheelie bins as long as the trunk or branches are no wider than four inches in diameter. Please can residents ensure that the bin lids are closed and that all decorations have been removed. If trees are too large they can be taken to nearest SORT IT!* centres
  • Christmas cards: as many now have plastic or metal tinsel attached, they cannot be recycled as part of the kerbside collection service.
  • Wrapping paper: this cannot be recycled as it is usually made from low quality paper unsuitable for recycling back into newsprint.

As in previous years the Woodland Trust is promoting a Christmas card recycling scheme – retailers WH Smith, Tesco, T.K. Maxx, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer are taking part. Last year around 93 million Christmas cards were kept out of landfill through this scheme. Please check your nearest store to see if they are participating. Some charity shops may also recycle used cards.

SITA has been advising residents of changes to their collections by affixing tags to their bins. If any resident has not received their tag or if they require any further information about their rubbish and recycling services then they should ring1454 868000, email or visit to request one.

Source: SouthGloucestershire Council

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