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Refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas Period

Everything you need to know about Christmas refuse collections for 2018.

Christmas and New Year collection arrangements:

Note: On dates marked double collection days we will collect up to six black bags.

Usual Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday 24 December

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Monday 31 December (double collection day)

Garden waste – will be collected between Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December

Tuesday 25 December

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Monday 31 December (double collection day)

Garden waste - will be collected between Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December

Wednesday 26 December

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Wednesday 2 January (double collection day)

Garden waste will be collected between Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December

Thursday 27 December

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Thursday 27 December

Garden waste - will be collected on Thursday 27 December

Friday 28 December

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Friday 28 December

Garden waste - will be collected on Friday 28 December

Monday 31 December

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Monday 31 December

Garden waste - will be collected between Monday 31 December and Friday 4 January

Tuesday 1 January

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Tuesday 8 January (double collection day)

Garden waste - will be collected between Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 January

Wednesday 2 January

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Wednesday 2 January

Garden waste - will be collected on Wednesday 2 January

Thursday 3 January

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Thursday 3 January

Garden waste - will be collected on Thursday 3 January

Friday 4 January

Refuse and recycling - will be collected on Friday 4 January

Garden waste - will be collected on Friday 4 January

Recycling will be collected from the brown-lidded wheeled bin, along with any flattened cardboard left by the side of the recycling bin. No side waste will be collected.

YES - you can recycle it in your brown-lidded wheelie bin:

  • Christmas cards and envelopes – plain cards only please (no glitter, fabric or embellishments).
  • Plain wrapping paper without glitter or embellishments – No shiny metallic paper as this cannot be recycled. Ideally, all string, ribbon, bows, tape and tags should be removed (these will need to go in your general waste). A good way to check if your paper is okay to recycle is to do the scrunch test; simply scrunch the paper up in your hand and then let go. If it remains scrunched up when you’ve let go then it is okay to recycle. If it springs back open then it contains a mix of materials and unfortunately cannot be recycled.
  • All your usual recycling can go in the recycle bin but do remember that items need to be rinsed and empty as food and drink residue can contaminate other items and affect the quality of the recycling. Greasy paper and card is unable to be recycled and will need to go in your general waste. Lids can be left on and if you’re short of space over the Christmas period then it’s okay to squash the items first so that they take up less space in the bin.

Can be recycled at your local Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS):

  • Christmas tree lights/fairy lights – these can be recycled at your local RHWS by placing them in the electrical section. If still in good working order some charity shops will accept electrical items. Alternatively, please put in your general waste.
  • Real Christmas trees – can be taken to your local RHWS to be recycled. All decorations will need to be removed beforehand. Alternatively, these can go in your garden waste bin (if they fit) or can be collected: please contact our Customer Services on (0116) 2888 8961 before 4 February 2019 to arrange.
  • Batteries – can be taken to your local RHWS to be recycled. Alternatively, you can take them to local libraries, local shops and Customer Services, 40 Bell Street, Wigston LE18 1AD.

NO - these items need to go in your general waste bin:

  • Artificial Christmas trees – unfortunately we are unable to recycle hard plastics and so these will need to go in your general waste. If the tree is in good condition then you could take it to your local charity shop.
  • Christmas tree baubles and tinsel: neither plastic or glass baubles, nor tinsel can be recycled and will need to go in your general waste. If in good condition you could pass them on to someone else or take to your local charity shop.
  • Children’s toys – If you’ve been having a bit of a clear out to make space for new items and the toys are in good condition then why not take them to your local charity shop for someone else to enjoy?
  • Food and drink – Christmas is often a time of excess when we are tempted to buy more than we need. Check out Lovefoodhatewaste.com for some great tips on managing Christmas food and drink. Unfortunately we are unable to recycle food waste and so this will need to go into your general waste.

Points to remember:

  • If you’re signed up to the garden waste collection, then just a reminder that this year it will be running fortnightly throughout the whole year.
  • Your local Recycling and Household Waste Site on Wigston Road, Oadby, will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (doesn’t open on Thursdays and Fridays) and will reopen on Saturday 29 Dec. It will also be closed on Tuesday 1 Jan, New Year’s Day.

If you need to report a missed bin collection over the Christmas period please ring: 0116 288 8961

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