Recycling and rubbish collection dates across Bath and North East Somerset will again be revised over Christmas and New Year, B&NES Council has announced.
There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.
A flyer advising of the revised collection dates will be delivered to residents in the post at the beginning of December.
Residents can also check collection dates for specific addresses on the council’s website: www.bathnes.gov.uk/checkcollection
With more rubbish thrown away over the festive period than at any other time of year, residents are being urged to recycle as much waste as possible.
Councillor David Wood, joint cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, said: “Across the country the amount of waste generated over Christmas increases by almost a third.
“That’s a lot of extra rubbish, but if we think before we buy, we can reduce the amount of waste we create.
“Please think twice before buying cards with environmentally damaging glitter, and shiny wrapping paper which can’t be recycled as it contains plastic.
“When Christmas shopping choose environmentally friendly presents such as appliances that use renewable energy like a wind-up radio or torch, dynamo bicycle lights or a solar powered calculator.
“If you do need batteries opt for rechargeable ones and send recycled Christmas cards or e-cards.
“Once the presents have been unwrapped and the turkey eaten, inevitably there will be lots of rubbish and waste.
“It’s really important residents recycle as much as they can to avoid waste going to landfill – please use your food waste bin, green box and blue bag recycling collections and if you plan to make a New Year’s resolution, how about a pledge to recycle more?”
The majority of Christmas waste can be recycled from kerbside collections:
Food waste bin
- All food waste, including meat and bones – especially turkey bones & sprout peelings!
- Wrapping paper (White-backed wrapping paper. No glitter or foil).
- Tins and cans
- Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
- Glass bottles and jars (mincemeat jars)
- Foil (mince pie cases)
- Textiles – such as Christmas jumpers should be placed in a carrier bag in the box
- Small electricals (broken fairy lights)
- Batteries, mobile phones, printer cartridges, spectacles, engine oil and car batteries
- Cardboard and brown paper – Advent calendars, Christmas cards and gift tags can be placed in blue bags provided they are not shiny or glittery.
The council’s recycling centres will be operating as normal for the majority of the festive period, but will be closed on:
• Christmas Day – Wednesday 25th December
• Boxing Day – Thursday 26th December
• New Year’s Day – Wednesday 1st January
There will be no garden waste collections from Monday 9th December 2019 to Friday 17th January 2020 inclusive. Normal garden waste collections will start again on Monday 20th January.
People who have bought real Christmas trees can take them to the council’s recycling centres or put them out for collection between 20th January and 10th February on garden waste collections days (even if they don’t have a green bin) and the council will collect them free of charge.
Please cut them up small enough to fit in the lorry and ensure they are free of decorations.
Alternatively, if you live in BA1, BA2 or BA3, Dorothy House are once again offering to collect them for a small donation to the charity. For further information or to register your tree for collection, visit www.charityxmastreecollection.com.