Changes to the refuse and recycling collection schedule over the Christmas period

Published on 10th November 2016

Christmas tree on the street for recycling

With Christmas approaching, plans are in place for Cheltenham’s waste and recycling collections over the busy festive season.

Cheltenham Borough Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 23 December.  The following week, the crews will not be working on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December and will also be on holiday on Monday 2 January 2017.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 16 January. 

The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on three Saturdays - 31 December, 7 January and 14 January – to catch up.)   


Christmas and New Year waste collection changes

Normal collection day

Revised collection day

Monday 26 December (Boxing day) Wednesday 28 December
Tuesday 27 December (Bank holiday) Thursday 29 December
Wednesday 28 December Friday 30 December
Thursday 29 December Saturday 31 December
Friday 30 December Tuesday 3 January
Monday 2 January (Bank holiday) Wednesday 4 January
Tuesday 3 January Thursday 5 January
Wednesday 4 January Friday 6 January
Thursday 5 January Saturday 7 January
Friday 6 January Monday 9 January
Monday 9 January Tuesday 10 January
Tuesday 10 January Wednesday 11 January
Wednesday 11 January Thursday 12 January
Thursday 12 January Friday 13 January
Friday 13 January Saturday 14 January

Monday 16 January - normal collections resume

Collections may be made at different times so residents are advised to present their bins, boxes and caddies by 7am on the revised day of collection.  The collection schedule will return to normal on Monday 16 January.

Residents are encouraged to recycle as much as they can throughout the festive season.

Wrapping paper and cards

Wrapping paper or Christmas cards made from foil, glitter or plastics cannot be placed in to the kerbside recycling box as unfortunately they cannot be recycled. Residents are welcome to place paper/cardboard based wrapping paper and cards which do not contain foil, glitter or plastics into their boxes for recycling.

Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees can be put out for collection alongside the green wheeled (refuse) bin  in the two weeks from Christmas day, up to and including 22 January 2017. Trees will not be collected on recycling collection weeks though they are recycled when crews collect them.

Christmas trees up to five feet or one and a half metres tall can be left out whole and trees larger than this should be cut down before being put out for collection.

Residents who subscribe to the garden waste collection service (brown bin) may choose to place their real Christmas trees in their bin; they should be cut down so that they are completely contained with the bin lid fully closed.

Swindon Road recycling centre

The council also accepts real Christmas trees at the Swindon Road recycling centre.

Residents can take their recycling, particularly bulky cardboard, to the recycling centre which will be open for most of the holiday period. Saturday 24 and Saturday 31 December will see a slightly earlier close time of 4pm and the centre will be closed all day on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December and Sunday 1 January. 

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said: ‘’Christmas is a time when lots of extra waste and recycling is generated, with extra food, bottles, packaging and unwanted gadgets and toys being accumulated.  Many of these items can be recycled and don’t need to go into general waste. The kerbside boxes take a wide variety of items and the household recycling centre, which will be open throughout most of the Christmas period, takes even more materials.’’

Despite best efforts to recycle, there may be a build-up of non-recyclable waste so the council will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day. Residents can leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their wheeled bin.

Excellent recipes for leftover turkey and other seasonal food can be found at online at Love Food Hate Waste.

Find out more information online about the council’s recycling service.

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