Christmas waste and recycling

Christmas waste and recycling

Normal refuse, recycling, food and garden waste collections will change for some Tewkesbury residents over Christmas and the New Year. Here’s a reminder of the rescheduled dates, what to do with excess waste and some information on recycling.

The majority of households in the borough will have their waste and recycling bins picked up a day later over the Christmas and New Year period. However, there will be no collections taking place on Monday, 26 December. Those with collections due on Monday, 26 December can put food waste out for collection the following week and the missed bin the following fortnight.

Visit waste and recycling for a reminder of your specific collection dates.

Lead member for clean and green environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: “At this time of year, there is huge potential for households to generate waste. This Christmas, it would be fantastic if residents could keep up with the good work that happens all year round to recycle as much as possible and reduce waste.”


Christmas bin collection day changes

  • Monday 26 December 2016
    No collection (this bin will be collected on Monday, 9 January 2017).
  • Tuesday 27 December 2016
    Collection will be a day later on Wednesday 28 December 2016.
  • Wednesday 28 December 2016
    Collection will be a day later on Thursday 29 December 2016.
  • Thursday 29 December 2016
    Collection will be a day later on Friday 30 December 2016.
  • Friday 30 December 2016
    Collection will be a day later on Saturday 31 December 2016.
  • Monday 2 January 2017
    Collection will be a day later on Tuesday 3 January 2017, (catch up food waste collection from Monday 26 December 2016).
  • Tuesday 3 January 2017
    Collection will be a day later on Wednesday 4 January 2017.
  • Wednesday 4 January 2017
    Collection will be a day later on Thursday 5 January 2017.
  • Thursday 5 January 2017
    Collection will be a day later on Friday 6 January 2017.
  • Friday 6 January 2017
    Collection will be a day later on Saturday 7 January 2017.
  • Monday 9 January
    Normal collections (any extra rubbish or blue recycling bags will be collected to catch up from Monday 26 December 2016).

If your blue bin is missed on Monday, 26 December:

You are welcome to put out extra recycling the following fortnight on your next collection day (Monday, 9 January), either in special blue bags (see below) or in a suitable container such as a recycling box. The crews will be instructed to take extra recycling from households. Extra recycling can also be taken to recycling banks or to household recycling centres. For more information visit our waste and recycling pages.
 

Free bags for extra waste and recycling

To offer additional support - particularly to the households affected by a missed collection on Monday, 26 December - the council is providing free blue recycling bags for extra recycling. Bags can be picked up from local town or parish council offices, as well as from the borough council's offices in Tewkesbury.
 

If your green bin is missed on Monday, 26 December:

You are welcome to put out up to three extra bags of refuse, but only on your next collection (Monday, 9 January). The crews will be instructed to take this extra waste from households. Please recycle as much as possible as this will reduce the quantity of refuse in the green bin. Extra refuse waste can also be taken to the household recycling centres (near Stoke Orchard or Hempsted); they are only closed Christmas day and News Year's day.
 

If your food waste is missed on Monday, 26 December:

If your food waste is missed on Monday, 26 December, it will be collected on your next weekly collection, which will be Tuesday, 3 January. Residents can use any type of plastic bags to line their caddy, keep the outdoor caddy lid shut and use the handle to lock it. Uncooked fruit and vegetable waste (stalks, peeling, seeds etc.) can be home composted.
 

If your garden waste is missed on Monday, 26 December:

Your next collection will be the following fortnight. Garden waste at this time of the year is exceptionally low. Real Christmas trees can be put in or alongside garden waste bins or taken to one of our Treecycle sites.
 

Festive footprint recycling

Don't forget you can recycle many items which are plentiful at Christmas and New Year. 

In your blue bin you can recycle wrapping paper (but no foil or glittery paper) and the cardboard tubes, greetings cards, biscuit and sweet tins, glass bottles and jars, as well as food and drinks cans. Please make sure food and drinks containers are rinsed clean before putting them in the recycling bin.

Leftovers can be reused creating some tasty post-celebration treats and anything which can't be eaten can be put in the food waste caddy for collection.

Please make sure recycling is loose in the bin and not in plastic bin liners or carrier bags.