Christmas and New Year waste collections

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This year, some Christmas waste collections have changed which means City of York Council will collect waste and recycling the day before households’ receive their normal collection day.

To look up collection days visit the council website. 

If your normal collection day is…Your bin will be collected on…
Monday 21Saturday 19
Tuesday 22Monday 21
Wednesday 23Tuesday 22
Thursday 24 Christmas EveWednesday 23
Christmas DayFriday 25Christmas EveThursday 24
Monday 28No change
Tuesday 29No change
Wednesday 30No change
Thursday 31New Year’s EveNo change
Friday 1 January New Year’s DaySaturday 2 January

Residents can chop up their Christmas tree and wreaths (please remove all decorations, bows and ribbons) and place them in garden waste bin. These will be taken away when garden waste collections resume again in April.

Real Christmas trees and wreaths can also be taken to recycling sites at Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe HWRC. Please note that both sites are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Extra festive recycling will be collected too including greeting cards, paper, wrapping paper (non foil), cardboard (please break down), plastic bottles, tins or glass.

All residents need to do is correctly sort them and place them in separate untied clear bags or open boxes of a similar size to a recycling box and put out with their recycling, or simply take them to a recycling site.

Full details of how to present extra items can be found here including what to do if you have more items than fit inside each recycling box can be found on the council website

It’s important that bins or boxes are presented by 7am on the day of collections, but no earlier than 7pm the evening before.

Residents who live in the city centre and have their recycling collected by St Nick’s have been sent a festive newsletter advising their service changes (Fri 25 Dec moving to Mon 28, Friday 1 Jan moving to Mon 4).