Changes to recycling and waste services this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve pulled together lots of helpful information to see you through the festive season.

Christmas bin collection dates

To make way for the festive Bank Holidays, bin collections will be operating to a revised schedule.

Revised bin collection dates

See the below table for revised collection dates over the festive period.

Normal day Revised day
Monday 25 December 2023
(Christmas Day)
Wednesday 27 December 2023
Tuesday 26 December 2023
(Boxing Day )
Thursday 28 December 2023
Wednesday 27 December 2023 Friday 29 December 2023
Thursday 28 December 2023 Saturday 30 December 2023
Friday 29 December 2023 Tuesday 2 January 2024
Monday 1 January 2024
(New Year Bank Holiday)
Wednesday 3 January 2024
Tuesday 2 January 2024 Thursday 4 January 2024
Wednesday 3 January 2024 Friday 5 January 2024
Thursday 4 January 2024 Saturday 6 January 2024
Friday 5 January 2024 Monday 8 January 2024
Monday 8 January 2024 Tuesday 9 January 2024
Tuesday 9 January 2024 Wednesday 10 January 2024
Wednesday 10 January 2024 Thursday 11 January 2024
Thursday 11 January 2024 Friday 12 January 2024
Friday 12 January 2024 Saturday 13 January 2024

Garden waste suspension

Garden waste collections are suspended for 6 weeks between Monday 11 December 2023 and Sunday 21 January 2024 (inclusive).

Collections will resume from Monday 22 January 2024.

Planned collections may be subject to change due to adverse weather conditions. Follow @BucksCouncil to keep up to date with the latest collection information on Facebook and Twitter.

Household recycling centres

The sites will close on:

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year’s Day

All other days over the Christmas period, whether Bank Holidays or not, the sites will operate the usual opening days and hours.

Find out more on our Household Recycling Centre webpages.

Recycling over the Christmas period

Over the festive season, we produce around 30% more waste so it’s even more important to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Find out what can and cannot be recycled by visiting our Waste Wizard or check out Buckinghamshire Recycles website for tips to reduce waste over the Christmas period.

Remember that you can recycle items such as:

  • christmas cards
  • crackers (no snaps)
  • paper hats
  • non-glittery wrapping paper
  • chocolate boxes
  • non Christmas items such as cleaning bottles and shampoo bottles

If you are worried about wasting food, the Love Food Hate Waste website has advice on how to reduce waste and reuse festive food.

Try using a Portion planner as well to reduce your Christmas shopping bill and your food waste.

Extra recycling

If you have too much recycling for your bin at home, you can visit your nearest household recycling centre. If you cannot get to the recycling centre, the collection crews will take extra recycling.

Please flat pack cardboard, keeping it below 1m square and squash other recycling to help fit more on the recycling vehicles. If you live:

  • in the Aylesbury Vale area, put your extra recycling in a cardboard box, or clear plastic bag
  • in the Chiltern, Wycombe or South Bucks areas, put extra recycling in a reusable container

How to dispose of your Christmas tree

You can dispose of your natural Christmas tree, wreaths, holly and mistletoe:

Before you do though, remember to:

  • remove any decorations
  • cut the tree into smaller, manageable pieces before placing in your garden waste bin