Collection changes

Worth making a note of changes to recycling and rubbish collection dates in Bath and North East Somerset over the Christmas and New Year period.

This will affect collections which would normally be scheduled from December 26 to January 6.

From today (December 5), residents will start to receive leaflets in the post from Bath & North East Somerset Council advising them of the revised collection dates.

A calendar is also available to download from the council website at

Garden waste collections will pause between December 5 and January 15. Garden waste can instead be brought to the council’s recycling centres during opening hours.

Real Christmas trees can be recycled at the council’s recycling centres or put out for collection from January 16. Collections must be booked in advance here and trees that have not been booked for collection will not be collected. 

With more rubbish thrown away over the festive period than at any other time of year, residents are being urged to recycle as much waste as possible and to avoid creating waste in the first place by using sustainable alternatives.

The council’s Recycle For Bathnes Facebook page will feature a 12-day ‘Countdown to Christmas’ with ways to help people reduce their waste.

Councillor Kevin Guy, council Leader, said: “Christmas and New Year is a busy time for us all, but please bear in mind that waste and recycling collection dates are changing and help your neighbours to remember too. The easiest way to check your collection days is on our website and we’ve also sent all householders a leaflet to help with this. 

“Christmas is the busiest time of year for our crews as they deal with 20% more recycling collected in January compared with November and December. Please be patient as they do their best to cope with increased demand. It really helps if you could take a few minutes to wash, squash and sort the materials for recycling correctly so the crews can keep moving across the district. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our social media pages for tips and tricks that will help you reduce waste and maximise recycling.”

The council’s recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

When recycling Christmas trees either at recycling centres or by pre-booked collections, all decorations must be removed and the tree should be cut in half, to less than 1.2m tall.

To find out what you can recycle each week, visit

The Love Food Hate Waste website has plenty of seasonal tips to help reduce food waste and save money this Christmas.

For general service information

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For help with waste enquiries contact Council Connect: Twitter @ccbathnes

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