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Christmas and New Year Collections

Waste and recycling collections over Christmas & New Year

This is a reminder to check when your waste and recycling will be collected over Christmas and New Year so you don’t get caught out and miss a collection.

If your collection day is a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday your collection will not be affected.

If your collection day is a Monday or Tuesday – your collections will be affected – There will be no collections on Christmas DayBoxing Day or New Year’s Day, details as follows:

If both your recycling and rubbish are due to be collected on Christmas Day (Monday 25 December) your recycling will be brought forward to Friday 22 December and your rubbish will be collected on Saturday 30 December.  If just your rubbish is due to be collected on the 25 December this will be collected on Saturday 30 December.

There will be no collections on Boxing Day (Tuesday 26 December) your rubbish will be collected on Tuesday 2 January- we will collect additional bagged rubbish.  If your recycling was due on Boxing Day – it will be collected on your next scheduled collection – Tuesday 9 January.  Recycling collections scheduled for the 2 January will be collected as normal.

There will be no collections on New Year’s Day (Monday 1 January).  If your recycling was due on New Year’s Day, your collection will be brought forward to Saturday 30 December.  Your rubbish will be collected on Monday 8 January – we will collect additional bagged rubbish – recycling collections scheduled for the 8 January will be collected as normal.

There is no limit on the amount of recycling that we will take as long as it is presented in a suitable container (bag for life, plastic box – please no black bags/carrier bags/cardboard boxes).  We will also take additional bagged refuse on the rescheduled rubbish collection days.

Please remember to put your rubbish and recycling out by 7:00am –we use additional vehicles over Christmas and New Year so your collection crew may come at a different time to usual.

Household Recycling Centres opening hours

For opening times and information for Bickenhill HWRC visit: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Rubbish-recycling/recyclingcentres

The Site can get very busy after Christmas and queues are likely – please ensure that you sort your materials before you visit the site and if possible delay your visit until after the busy Christmas period.

Christmas recycling tips and info

Due to changes at our waste treatment facility we can no longer collect real Christmas trees from the kerbside, but you can take them to the Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling.

Before you recycle, check if it has roots – you could replant it in a pot in your garden and use it again next year.

If not, check to see if the retailer you bought it from offers a take-back scheme.  And if you live in the B90 or B91 postcode areas, St Mary’s Hospice will collect and recycle your Christmas Tree for a charitable donation.

And if you have a green wheelie bin you could cut up your tree and put it in your wheelie bin for collection between March and November.

For full details of what you can and can’t recycle, when and how we will take additional rubbish and recycling, see http://www.solihull.gov.uk/xmascollections

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