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
|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.
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.
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.
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:
- at your nearest Household Recycling Centre
- with our garden waste collection service which will resume on Monday 22 January 2024
- many groups like the Scouts or Young Farmers offer a paid for collection to raise money for charitable causes. Your town or village may have one.
Before you do though, remember to:
- remove any decorations
- cut the tree into smaller, manageable pieces before placing in your garden waste bin