Recycling at Christmas

Your kerbside waste and recycling collections will change over Christmas and New Year

All waste and recycling collection days will change as there will be no collections taking place at all on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Please note there will be no garden waste collections between 24 December and 7 January. Services will re-start from 8 January. Please check your collection calendar, check online at or call the council on 0300 456 0102 for information about how this affects your collections.

Please remember to put your bin out by 7.00am on your scheduled collection day and make sure all your waste is put in your bin with the lid closed.

No garden waste collections over Christmasxmas tree

Garden waste collections will be suspended between 24 December 2012 and 7 January 2013, inclusive. Collections will start again on the 8 January. Please check your collection calendar or check online at for more information.

If you have a real Christmas tree you can put alongside your garden waste bin for collection on your collection day from 7 January. Christmas trees will be collected throughout January only.

Alternatively you can take your real Christmas trees to any of Wiltshire’s 11 household recycling centres for recycling. To find your nearest recycling centre please visit

Household recycling centre Christmas opening

All Household Recycling Centres are closed from 1pm Christmas Eve, and all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

At all other times the recycling centres are open during normal winter opening times. For information on your local household recycling centres, including locations and opening times click here.


Tips for a green Christmas 

England's households will create nearly three quarters of a million tonnes of extra waste this Christmas - that's five black bin bags per household.

If all the recyclables in this extra rubbish were recycled, it would save 352,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases per year - enough energy to fly Santa in a plane around the world on Christmas Eve 64,500 times, or taking 111,000 cars off the road each year. 

With all that extra waste produced over Christmas it is the season to recycle! This year it is even easier to do your bit by recycling more using the kerbside recycling collection service.

New Picture 1Instead of sending a conventional Christmas Card, why not send a Recycling E-Card. You can decorate your own card electronically on

New Picture 1Christmas and New Year are perfect times for dinner parties and you may need to cook for a large number of people. Use the portion planner at for advice on portion sizes. The website also has lots of recipes for leftovers.

New Picture 1Look out for gifts with packaging that can be reused. Gift bags, as well as tins or plastics containers can be reused for storage at home once the presents have been enjoyed.

New Picture 1When you’ve finished with your Christmas cards, cut up the pictures to make Christmas gift tags for next year’s presents.

New Picture 1Fill and decorate used cans and glass jars with sweets, toys and accessories to make jingle jars or great presents.

New Picture 1You can make the most of your blue lidded recycling bin over the festive period by recycling many of your Christmas items at the kerbside as well as all you plastic bottles and cardboard. These might include Christmas cards, wrapping paper (but not foil or plastic), cardboard boxes and brown paper.

New Picture 1Don't forget to use your black box for recycling even more over Christmas. There are lots of unexpected items that you can recycle in your black box alongside your normal paper, glass and cans, including large chocolate tins, mince meat jars and Christmas card envelopes.