Your weekly collections for recycling, food, nappies and black bag waste will change during Christmas and New Year weeks.
  • From December 25 until December 28, your waste will be collected two days after your normal scheduled day.
  • From January 1 until January 4, it will be collected one day after your normal date.
  • There will be no collection changes in the week starting December 17 and collection days will return to normal after the festive period from January 7.
  • To help residents recycle as much as they can over the Festive period (27th Dec – 5th Jan) the Council will collect an UNLIMITED amount of recycling and double the amount of black bag waste – 4 black bags or 1 x 120l bin and 2 extra black bags or 1 x 240l bin and 1 extra black bag.

Please see below a table summarising collection changes:

Normal Collection Day

 Revised Collection Day

Monday 24th December

No Change

 Tuesday 25th December

Thursday 27th December

 Wednesday 26th December

Friday 28th December

 Thursday 27th December

Saturday 29th December

 Friday 28th December

Sunday 30th December

 Monday 31st December

No Change

Tuesday 1st January

Wednesday 2nd January

Wednesday 2nd January

Thursday 3rd January

Thursday 3rd January

Friday 4th January

Friday 4th January

Saturday 5th January

Monday 7th January

Normal Services Resume

Collection tips:

  • If your refuse/recycling has not been collected as planned, please leave it at the kerbside as we may be working additional hours to meet extra demand. Our crews can work well into the evening during busy periods.
  • Rinse food and drink containers, bottles in your leftover washing up water before placing them in to your recycling bags.
  • Stock up on recycling bags ahead of the festive period by visiting one of the many collection points across RCT or order bags in advance online.
  • Please place refuse and recycling out before 7am on your collection day and not before as this can lead to spillages and difficulties for pedestrians using the pavement.
  • Place ALL wrapping paper and gift bags in to a separate CLEAR bag, including foil and glitter wrapping paper.
  • Book your real Christmas tree collection online from 10th December.

Community Recycling Centres 

To free up space over the festive period you can visit one of the local Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) to dispose of your non-kerbside items such as clothes, old toys and electrical items.  Our centres are open from 8am until 5.30pm every day except for a 3.30pm closure on 24th and 31st December and complete closure on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. 

View CRCs Christmas Opening Hours.

Don’t forget to sort out your items in to paper, cardboard, glass, metal etc before you visit the centres as they will no longer accept bags of mixed recycling.

What can I take to my local CRC?

The CRCs will also accept real and artifical Christmas trees.   

Bulky and Green Waste Collections

Bulky waste collections and wheelie bin/food waste bin deliveries will be suspended from Saturday 22nd December to allow us to use as many resources as possible to collect the anticipated record amounts of recycling this Christmas. Normal services will resume from Monday 7th January. 

The fortnightly green waste collection service (including 'real' Christmas trees not booked for a collection) will be suspended from Saturday 22nd December with normal services resuming on Monday 14th January. Your green waste however including Christmas trees can still be taken to your local CRC throughout the festive period.

Access notice:

When parking vehicles, residents are reminded to be considerate of large waste collection vehicles required for collections. Please ensure there is enough space for our vehicles to pass, especially in narrow streets.

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