News release from 16/12/2019

Changes to bin collections this Christmas and New Year

Changes to bin collections this Christmas and New Year (1)

South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge 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.

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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 December

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 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.”

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.”

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.

You can find out your own bin collection dates.