Christmas recycling and rubbish collections

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Press Release

Published on 1 December 2022
Archived on 1 January 2023

Your refuse, recycling and food waste collections will change over Christmas and New Year

From Monday 26 December 2022, your collections will be a day later than scheduled.

Normal collection date

New collection date

Monday 26 December

Tuesday 27 December

Tuesday 27 December

Wednesday 28 December

Wednesday 28 December

Thursday 29 December

Thursday 29 December

Friday 30 December

Friday 30 December

Saturday 31 December


Collections will take place as normal on Monday 2 January 2023.

Please ensure your bins are presented at the edge of your property by 6am on your collection day.

Green bin collections suspension
Green bin collections will be suspended for two weeks from Monday 26 December 2022 to Friday 6 January 2023, to allow our crews to prioritise the additional recycling and food waste that accrues over Christmas.

If you have any garden waste over this time that can't wait for the next collection, you can take it to your local recycling centre

Green bin collections will resume from Monday 9 January 2023.

Download our app!
Our dedicated app will let you know what bin to put out and will keep you updated of any changes to services in the event of bad weather or other disruptions.

You can win £100 throughout the month of December just by having the app! There's three chances to win, so don't delay - Download it today

Bad weather disruption
In the case of snow, ice or other bad weather some services may be disrupted - please check our website for details of any service disruptions. We'll also notify you through the app.

Recycling wrapping paper and Christmas cards
Wrapping paper and Christmas cards can be recycled in your blue-lidded wheeled bin.
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 container or red box and place beside your blue-lidded wheeled bin. Please flatten or cut large cardboard in pieces no larger than 1m x 1m.

Side waste
We are not able to collect any side waste from your grey bin or food caddy. Please ensure that all waste is inside your bin or caddy.

Christmas tree recycling
We'll be collecting real Christmas trees from Monday 9 January to Friday 20 January 2023, and you don't need to have a green bin permit subscription to have yours collected. Please ensure that all lights and decorations have been removed from the tree. Any tree that is over 5ft tall must be cut in half.

Leave your tree outside in a place that's not obstructing the highway and we'll collect it for you.

If you're subscribed to the green bin service, you can chop it up and put it in your bin.

Other ways to recycle your Christmas Tree
You can also take your tree to the nearest recycling centre - find your nearest recycling centre

Stratford-on-Avon District Council closure and reporting missed collections
Stratford-on-Avon District Council will be closed from 2pm on Friday 23 December 2022 and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2023. However, the refuse, recycling and food waste collection crews will continue to work during this time, including the New Year Bank Holiday.

Missed refuse, recycling and food waste collections can continue to be reported online during this time or through the app. Please leave your bins out in the normal place and we will return to empty them within two working days.

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Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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Last updated on 01/12/2022