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Your refuse and recycling collections will change over Christmas

There will be no refuse or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day.

All collections during Christmas week will be brought forward to an earlier date. Some collections will even take place on Saturdays to ensure that all households still receive a refuse and recycling collection over the Christmas period.

Normal collection date New collection date over Christmas
Mon 21 Dec 2020 Sat 19 Dec 2020
Tue 22 Dec 2020 Mon 21 Dec 2020
Wed 23 Dec 2020 Tue 22 Dec 2020
Thurs 24 Dec 2020 Wed 23 Dec 2020
Fri 25 Dec 2020 Thurs 24 Dec 2020
Mon 28 Dec 2020 No change
Tue 29 Dec 2020 No change
Wed 30 Dec 2020 No change
Thurs 31 Dec 2020 No change
Fri 1 Jan 2021 Sat 2 Jan 2021

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

All collections will return to normal on Monday 4 January 2021.

Bad weather disruption

In the case of snow, ice or other bad weather, please check the waste collection service disruption page.

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 (please keep each material separate) and place beside your red boxes and bags. 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

Please cut your real Christmas tree into pieces and put it in your green bin for collection. Make sure all decorations, tree stands, pots and netting are removed.

If you don't have a green bin please 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 Christmas Day and will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021. However, the refuse and recycling collection crews will continue to work during this time apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. 

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 (not including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).

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.