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Cambridge City Council

Easter and May bank holiday bin collection changes

12 April 2022

Residents living in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire are being reminded that their bin collections will be later than usual over the Easter and early May bank holidays. 

Residents are also being encouraged to make waste-aware purchases when it comes to Easter treats and to continue to recycle as much as possible. Around 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK each year resulting in more than 8,000 tonnes of extra waste from Easter egg packaging and Easter cards alone. In order to limit your environmental impact, residents are being urged to choose products with less packaging altogether, as well as ensuring any packaging can be recycled, to reduce the amount of waste generated this year.

Usual collection dates Revised collection dates
Good Friday 15 April Tuesday 19 April
Easter Monday 18 April Wednesday 20 April
Tuesday 19 April Thursday 21 April
Wednesday 20 April Friday 22 April
Thursday 21 April Saturday 23 April
Friday 22 April Monday 25 April
Monday 25 April Tuesday 26 April
Tuesday 26 April Wednesday 27 April
Wednesday 27 April Thursday 28 April
Thursday 28 April Friday 29 April
Friday 29 April Saturday 30 April
Bank holiday Monday 2 May Tuesday 3 May
Tuesday 3 May Wednesday 4 May
Wednesday 4 May Thursday 5 May
Thursday 5 May Friday 6 May
Friday 6 May Saturday 7 May
Monday 9 May Back to normal

Head of the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service between South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils, Bode Esan, said: “Please check your bin collection dates on our website to ensure your bin is out for collection on the correct day over the coming bank holidays. Don’t forget you can also recycle almost all the packaging from your Easter eggs into your blue bin – including the aluminium foil, plastic containers and cardboard. Save up the foil wrappers, scrunching them into a tennis-sized ball, and flatten the cardboard to ensure it can be recycled effectively. If you are sending an Easter card, try to choose a card which is free from glitter, metallic elements or other non-paper adornments. These elements cannot go into your blue bin as they cause problems in our paper recycling process.” 

Residents can download their own tailored bin collection calendar at for people living in Cambridge or for those living in South Cambridgeshire. Full bin collection dates, including changes due to Easter and May bank holidays, can also be found in the latest edition of each council’s residents’ magazine.