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Changes to bin collections this Christmas and New Year

News release from 16/12/2019

Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire residents are being asked to double-check their bin collection dates during the Christmas and New Year period – and recycle right during the festivities.

Collections continue as normal up to and including Christmas Eve on Tuesday 24 December, and collections from Christmas Day through to Friday 10 January will all be at least one day later than usual.

Date of usual collection Revised collection date
Monday 23 December No change
Tuesday 24 December No change
Wednesday 25 December Friday 27 December
Thursday 26 December Saturday 28 December
Friday 27 December Monday 30 December
Monday 30 December Tuesday 31 December
Tuesday 31 January Thursday 2 January
Wednesday 1 January Friday 3 January
Thursday 2 January Saturday 4 January
Friday 3 January Monday 6 January
Monday 6 January Tuesday 7 January
Tuesday 7 January Wednesday 8 January
Wednesday 8 January Thursday 9 January
Thursday 9 January Friday 10 January
Friday 10 January Saturday 11 January
Monday 13 January Back to normal

Collections return to their regularly scheduled days from Monday 13 January.

Cllr Rosy Moore, Cambridge City Council's Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “UK householders waste more food at Christmas than at any other time, so if you end up with leftovers from Christmas dinner, pop them in the freezer to make a soup or curry with later.

"Remember you can recycle your real Christmas tree in January, either by arranging a charity collection with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, taking it to Cherry Hinton Hall car park or one of the large Household Recycling Centres, or by cutting it up and putting it in your green bin. I’d also like to remind residents that we’re now on our winter green bin collections schedule, so we’ll collect green bins once a month until the beginning of March.”

Cllr Bill Handley, South Cambridgeshire District Council's Lead Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Licensing, said: “Recycling is now a regular habit for most of us, but please do check that you’re not practising ‘wishful recycling’! Not everything can be recycled, so make sure that plastic or metallic bows and ribbons, glittery cards and wrapping and polystyrene packaging stay out of your blue bin.

"Some can be saved to re-use, the rest must go in the black bin. You can check items you are unsure about in the what goes in which bin section of our website, but if you are still in doubt, please leave it out of your recycling.”

Bin collections across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire are carried out by the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, a partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.

For more information about waste and recycling, and to see tailored bin collection calendars, Cambridge residents can visit and South Cambridgeshire residents can visit