Your refuse and recycling collection day will NOT change over Christmas

We will be working as normal on all bank holidays including Monday 27 December 2021, Tuesday 28 December 2021 and Monday 3 January 2022 to collect your refuse and recycling. However, to ensure we can collect the increased recycling and refuse, there will be no green bin collections during this period.

No collections

Green bin in red circle with red slash through itThere will be NO green bin collections between Monday 27 December 2021 – Friday 7 January 2022

Resumed collections

Green bin with green tick over itGreen bin collections will resume from Monday 10 January 2022 and Christmas trees can then be collected on your next scheduled collection date. Simply cut the tree into pieces and put it in your green bin. Alternatively, you could arrange a collection to support charity, details below.

Please ensure your bins, boxes and bags are presented at the edge of your property by 7am on your collection day.

Food waste can be placed in your grey bin during this time, however if you still wish to put your food waste in your green bin, we suggest wrapping it in newspaper or using a compostable caddy liner before placing in your green bin to help keep your green bin clean and to minimise smells.

Bad weather disruption

In the case of snow, ice or other bad weather some services may be disrupted - please check the waste collection service disruption page for details of any service disruptions.

Recycling wrapping paper and Christmas cards

Recycle wrapping paper and Christmas cards with your cardboard.

We cannot recycle foil wrapping paper, glittery wrapping paper, glittery cards, ribbons, bows and tape. 

For a full list of what can be recycled please visit our recycling pages.

Extra recycling over Christmas?

Put extra recycling in a sturdy bag or small box and place beside your red boxes and bags. Please keep materials separate e.g. paper in one container, glass bottles and jars in another container, etc.  Please flatten or cut large cardboard in pieces no larger than 1m x 1m. Please visit our recycling pages for further information on what can be recycled and how to present recycling for collection. 

Cardboard and plastics may be collected separately to the rest of your recycling

Some of your cardboard and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays may be collected by a separate vehicle over the Christmas period. This might happen at a different time of day to the collection of your other recycling (e.g. paper, glass bottles/jars, etc.). This is due to cardboard and plastics being bulky and filling up collection vehicles too quickly.

Please present your recycling in the normal way and help us by flattening cardboard and squashing plastic bottles (put the lid back on to keep them squashed). If you find that only part of your recycling has been collected please continue to leave your containers out so we can return to collect the rest.  

Christmas tree recycling

Charity Christmas Tree collections

This year we are supporting two great local charities, The Myton Hospices and Pass The Smile, who offer a real Christmas tree collection and recycling service from your doorstep for a small donation.

Pass The Smile raises funds for research into Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer, in memory of Ben Crowther from Coventry. During treatment Ben tried to cheer up other patients, friends, family and the hospital staff by telling jokes and pulling pranks. Ben gained his superhero wings in 2019 at age 7, just a year after diagnosis. Pass The Smile is his legacy.

Volunteers will be out collecting and recycling real Christmas trees throughout Coventry and Warwickshire on 8th, 9th and 10th January 2022. You can check if we collect from your postcode, and arrange a collection at:

The charities would welcome a donation for the collection of your tree. The money raised will support The Myton Hospices and Pass the Smile, a named research fund at the Childhood Cancer & Leukaemia Group (51% Myton, 49% Pass The Smile after costs). 

Their target is to collect 2,500 trees. With your donation they could raise £50,000 which would be amazing!

Trees are taken back to Russells Garden Centre in Baginton, shredded, and used as path mulching, a socially conscious and environmentally friendly disposal method. 

Those without a real tree to collect can also donate by SMS, texting TREE5 to donate £5 or TREE10 to donate £10 to 70300. 100% of your donation will be received by The Myton Hospices who will then share this with Pass The Smile. Texts cost the stated donation amount plus one standard network message charge.

Pass the Smile for Ben is a special named fund at the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group. Registered Charity Number: 1182637

Recycling Christmas Trees in your green bin

If using your green bin to recycle your Christmas tree, please make sure all decorations, tree stands, pots and netting are removed. Please cut the tree into pieces so that it fits inside your green bin. 

Other ways to recycle your Christmas Tree

If you don't have a green bin you can take your tree to the nearest recycling centre at Princes Drive in Leamington Spa or Cherry Orchard in Kenilworth (pre-booking is required).

We can't collect Christmas trees with your refuse. Your refuse is collected and disposed of at the Energy from Waste facility in Coventry. This facility is unable to process Christmas trees and other garden waste due to the emissions they cause.

Warwick District Council closure and reporting missed collections

Warwick District Council will be closed from Monday 27 December 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022. However, the refuse and recycling collection crews will continue to work during this time, including all bank holidays. 

Missed refuse and recycling collections can continue to be reported online during this time after 4pm on the day of your collection. Please leave your bins, boxes or bags out in the normal place and we will return to empty them within 2 working days.

Ordering bins, boxes and bags

New and replacement bins, boxes and bags can be ordered online (charges apply).

We recommend you use Council containers. If you provide your own they must meet specific criteria in order to be safe and compatible with our collection vehicles.

How to have a 'Sustainable(ish)' Christmas

Jen Gale, speaker and author of ‘The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide’ and ‘The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Parenting’, has provided us with some top tips on how to reduce waste at Christmas.