Festive rubbish collection dates
Dispose of Christmas waste properly
WHAT do we get a lot of at Christmas? Rubbish!
The festive season generates tonnes of extra waste, from wrapping paper and cardboard packaging to sprout leaves and potato peelings – not to mention the all important tree, the centrepiece of the room until Twelfth Night, and then potentially a pain to get rid of.
But if you are dreaming of a white Christmas, make sure it has a green tinge by recycling as much as possible, and that includes the tree.
Chop it into lengths of 3ft or less and put these into your garden waste recycling bag.
If you live in the borough of Hillingdon there is no excuse for not making sure pretty much all the Christmas ‘leftovers’ get recycled too.
Wrapping paper, packaging and Christmas cards can be placed in the clear plastic sacks along with all those beer cans and glass bottles.
Kitchen waste such as peelings go into the caddy, in a biodegradable corn starch bag supplied with the kit that includes a ‘foxproof ’ lockable bin, in case you need to place a bagful or more outside for a time. Usual date first, followed by substitute date
Monday, December 22 – Monday, December 22
Tuesday, December 23 – Tuesday, December 23
Wednesday, December 24 – Wednesday, December 24
Thursday, December 25 – Tuesday, January 30
Even leftover turkey and cooked meats and fish can be included, which some councils’ composting services reject.
The council says there is still time to get the kitchen waste kit delivered before Christmas if you get a move on.
Textile recycling, introduced this year by Hillingdon Council using the ‘purple bag’ system, might come in handy if you received one of ‘those jumpers’ on Christmas morning.
And everything else goes into a black bag for general waste collection – landfill – so keeping it to a minimum is the key.
As every year, Christmas and New Year collection times vary slightly for some people,
Friday, December 26 – Friday, January 2
Monday, December 29 – Monday, December 29
Tuesday, December 30 – Tuesday, January 6
Wednesday, December 31 – Wednesday, December 31
Thursday, January 1 – Thursday, January 8
Friday, January 2 – Friday, January 2
depending on their normal collection day.
Check the table above for the usual day (on the left) and the substitute day, if any, on the right.
Leave your rubbish out for collection by 6am on the revised collection day, but not overnight, particularly if there is food waste in the black bag.
Leave your rubbish near your front gate, but not on the pavement.
Place your food bin with your garden waste at your property boundary for collection.
Leave the textile recycling tied up ready with your other dry recycling.
For queries or more information, and to order a kitchen waste recycling set, call the council’s contact centre on 01895 556 000.