Bank Holiday bin collections across Buckinghamshire

It’s the season of giving – and recycling! As usual, bin collections across Buckinghamshire will be operating to a revised timetable over the Christmas Holiday period. As we produce around 30% more waste during the holiday period, it’s important to reduce, reuse and recycle while we enjoy the seasonal festivities. You can make good use of leftover food, donate unwanted gifts and recycle Christmas cards and other Christmas packaging – there is some great and cost-effective ways to be environmentally friendly over Christmas.

Here are some Christmas items you can recycle at home for a greener Christmas:

  • Christmas cards and crackers (without the snap)
  • Paper hats
  • Non-glittery wrapping paper
  • Chocolate boxes

Please ensure you fold and flatten cardboard to a manageable size and place any extra cardboard securely next to your recycling container. Please also remove any other packaging, like polystyrene or Sellotape!

After the festive season is over, you can also dispose of your Christmas tree, wreaths, holly and mistletoe with our garden waste collection service. If you are a garden waste customer, you can simply remove all decorations, cut the tree into smaller pieces, and place the pieces in your garden waste bin. If you are not currently subscribed to our garden waste collection service, you can either take the tree to your nearest household recycling centre or see if there is a local charity collection near you.

Buckinghamshire’s Household Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

All other days over the Christmas period, whether Bank Holidays or not, our sites will operate the usual opening days and hours (9am-4pm). Check online before you visit to confirm opening hours and avoid the queues. You can visit our website for all the latest Household Recycling Centre information.

During the festive period, bin collections across Buckinghamshire will be operating with a slightly altered timetable. Collections due to take place on Monday 26 December (Boxing Day) will move to Wednesday 28 December. Collections due to take place on Tuesday 27 December (Christmas Bank Holiday) will move to Thursday 29 December, and collections from Monday 2 January (New Year Bank Holiday) will be collected Wednesday 4 January. Please check the revised timetable below and present any bins or containers by 6:30am on the revised collection day.

Garden waste collection service will also operate with an alternative timetable, as from Monday 12 December to Sunday 22 January 2023 (inclusive) our garden waste collection service will be suspended for six weeks. Collections will resume from Monday 23 January 2023.

Christmas bank holiday collections:

Usual collection dayRevised collection day
Monday 26 December (Boxing Day)Wednesday 28 December
Tuesday 27 December (Christmas Bank Holiday)Thursday 29 December
Wednesday 28 DecemberFriday 30 December
Thursday 29 DecemberSaturday 31 December
Friday 30 DecemberTuesday 3 January
Monday 2 January (New Year Bank Holiday)Wednesday 4 January
Tuesday 3 JanuaryThursday 5 January
Wednesday 4 JanuaryFriday 6 January
Thursday 5 JanuarySaturday 7 January
Friday 6 JanuaryMonday 9 January
Monday 9 JanuaryTuesday 10 January
Tuesday 10 JanuaryWednesday 11 January
Wednesday 11 JanuaryThursday 12 January
Thursday 12 JanuaryFriday 13 January
Friday 13 JanuarySaturday 14 January

For more information including how to check your Bank Holiday bin collections and many useful recycling tips, you can visit:

You can also follow @BucksCouncil to keep up-to-date with the latest recycling & waste and bin collection information on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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