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Christmas and New Year refuse and recycling information 2014

Published: 04 December 2014

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

Christmas and New Year collection changes

Festive footprint recycling

Christmas and New Year collection changes

Residents in Tewkesbury Borough are being reminded of changes to their usual refuse, recycling, food and garden waste collections over Christmas and the New Year.

Collections that would normally be scheduled on 25 and 26 December will not take place. Collections will take place for food waste the following week and the missed bin the following fortnight.

You can also visit our collections calendar webpage if you need a reminder of your specific collection dates.

The collection schedule is as follows:

 Normal collection day                           

 Christmas collection changes    

 Monday, 22 December 2014 Monday, 22 December 2014
 Tuesday, 23 December 2014 Tuesday, 23 December 2014
 Wednesday, 24 December 2014    Wednesday, 24 December 2014
 Thursday, 25 December 2014 No collection - this bin will be collected on Thursday, 8 January 2015 
 Friday, 26 December 2014 No collection - this bin will be collected on Friday, 9 January 2015
 Monday, 29 December 2014 Monday, 29 December 2014
 Tuesday,  30 December 2014 Tuesday,  30 December 2014
 Wednesday, 31 December 2014 Wednesday, 31 December 2014
 Thursday, 1 January 2015 Friday, 2 January 2014
 Friday, 2 January 2015 Saturday, 3 January 2014

This set-up means that it will be collections as normal for the majority of households in the borough, as their waste and recycling bins will be picked up as usual over the Christmas and new year period.

However, as a result of the bank holidays, there will be collection changes for residents whose bins would normally be collected on 25 or 26 December. For these households, food waste will be collected the following week and their missed blue or green bin will be collected on the following normal collection -  in a fortnight's time.   

Free bags for excess waste and recycling

To offer additional support - particularly to the households affected - the council is providingfree blue recycling bags and free black waste bags for any excess waste and recycling, which can be picked up from local town or parish council offices, as well as from the borough council's offices in Tewkesbury.

They will also be avaialble at GL3 Community Hub in Churchdown and at the council's advice centres in Bishop's Cleeve (Fridays from 9am to 12noon), Churchdown (Thursdays from 9.15am to 1pm), Brockworth (Tuesdays from 9am to 12noon and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm), Winchcombe (Wednesday from 9am to 1pm) and also Bishop's Cleeve Library. 

If your green bin is missed 25 or 26 December:

You are welcome to put our up to three extra bags of refuse but only on your next collection (Thursday 8 and Friday 9 January). The crews will be instructed to take this side waste from households. Please recycle as much as possible as this will reduce the quantity of refuse in the green bin. If residents wish, additional waste 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 or 26 December:

You are welcome to put out extra recycling the following fortnight on your next collection day (Thursday 8 and Friday 9 January) either in special blue bags (see below) or in a suitable container such as a recycling box. The crews will be instructed to take extra recycling from households. There are also recycling banks in the area and at the household recycling centres. More information here:

If your food waste is missed 25 or 26 December:

Your next collection will be the following week and a day later. Residents are reminded they can now use any type of plastic bags to line their caddy, 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 or 26 December:

Your next collection will be the following fortnight. Garden waste at this time of the year is exceptionally low. Real Christmas trees can be put in the garden waste bins or taking to one of our 'Treecycle' sites.

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.