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Christmas and New Year refuse and recycling information

Published: 01 December 2013

Here you can find out all the information you need about our Christmas refuse and recycling arrangements.

Festive footprint recycling

Christmas and New Year collection changes

Treecycle - Christmas Tree Recycling

Festive footprint recycling

Don't forget you can recycle many items which are typically abundant at Christmas and New Year. 

In your blue bin you can recycle wrapping paper and the cardboard tubes, greetings cards, biscuit and sweet tins, glass bottles and jars, as well as food and drinks cans. Please make sure food and drinks containers are rinsed clean before putting them in the recycling bin.

Leftovers can be reused creating some tasty post-celebration treats and anything which can't be eaten can be put in the food waste caddy for collection.

Please make sure recycling is loose in the bin and not in plastic bin liners or carrier bags. Only our blue bags will be collected.

Christmas and New Year collection changes

Collections that would normally be scheduled from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 December will not take place (like last year). Collections will take place for food waste the following week and the missed bin the following fortnight. Please visit our collection calendar webpage if you need a calendar reminder:

The collection schedule is as follows:

 Normal collection day

 Christmas collection changes    

 Monday 23 December 2013 Monday 23 December 2013
 Tuesday 24 December 2013 Tuesday 24 December 2013
 Wednesday 25 December 2013     No collection
 Thursday 26 December 2013 No collection
 Friday 27 December 2013  No collection
 Monday 30 December 2013 Monday 30 December 2013
 Tuesday  31 December 2013 Tuesday  31 December 2013
 Wednesday 1 January 2014 Thursday 2 January 2014
 Thursday 2 January 2014 Friday 3 January 2014
 Friday 3 January 2014 Saturday 4 January 2014

If your green bin is missed 25 to 27 December:

Our crews will take extra bags of refuse but only on the next collection (Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 January). Please recycle as much as possible as this will reduce the amount of rubbish in the green bin. If you wish, additional refuse can be taken to the household recycling centres (near Stoke Orchard or Hempsted); they are only closed Christmas Day and News Year's day.

If your blue bin is missed 25 to 27 December:

Extra recycling will be collected the following fortnight (Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 January) either in special blue bags (which are available from some parish councils, local area offices, the borough offices or Bishop's Cleeve library) or in a suitable container such as a recycling box. There are also recycling banks in the area and also the household recycling centres. Information and locations can be found here:

If your food waste is missed 25 to 27 December:

The next collection will be the following week and a day later than usual (Wednesday 2 January to Saturday 5 January). Residents are advised to use compostable liners or newspaper to double wrap food waste, keep the outdoor caddy lid shut and use the handle to lock it. Uncooked fruit and vegetable waste (stalks, peeling, seeds etc.) can be home composted.

If your garden waste is missed 25 to 27 December:

The next collection will be the following fortnight. Garden waste at this time of the year is exceptionally low. Real Christmas trees can be put out alongside (or small ones inside) the garden waste bins on the next collection.


Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas Tree Recycling
 - Treecycle 2014

As in previous years, a number of garden centres and the GL3 community hub are dedicating a space in their car parks for recycling your Christmas trees and we will collect them for composting. Trees can be deposited from the 4 January to the 19 January. If you subscribe to the garden waste collection, you can also put it out for collection with your brown bin. If it is taller than 6ft, please cut into two pieces.

Trees can be deposited at the following locations:

  •  Blooms, Evesham Road, Bishop's Cleeve
  •  Dawn Nurseries, Main Road, Little Shurdington
  •  Dundry Nurseries, Bamfurlong Lane, Staverton
  •  GL3 Community Hub, Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown
  •  Gotherington Nurseries, Gretton Road, Gotherington
  •  Greenway Nurseries, Main Road, Shurdington
  •  Norton Garden Centre, Tewkesbury Road, Down Hatherley
  •  Pamington Farm, Pamington, Nr. Tewkesbury
  •  Tewkesbury Garden Centre, The Mythe, Worcester Road, Tewkesbury
  •  Toddington Garden Centre, Toddington Railway Yard, Toddington
  •  Wyevale Garden Centre, Shurdington Road, Brockworth

They can also be taken to all the household recycling centres in the county, the nearest being Wingmoor Farm near Bishop's Cleeve and Hempsted.