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Waste collection changes in city over Christmas period

Leicester City Council will be making changes to its regular waste and recycling collection days due to the Christmas bank holidays.

All collections will be a day later than normal during Christmas week.

This means that the regular Tuesday collection due on 26 December will move to Wednesday 27 December.

The regular Wednesday collection (27 Dec) will take place on Thursday (28 Dec), Thursday’s collection (28 Dec) will move to Friday (29 Dec), and the regular Friday collection (29 Dec) will take place on Saturday (30 Dec).

Waste and recycling collections will return to normal from Tuesday 2 January 2024.

All bins and orange bags should be put out for collection by 7am on the correct day.

Households can put out as many orange recycling bags as they need for their recyclable waste.

Festive items like sweet and biscuit tins and tubs, glass bottles and jars, cardboard boxes, non-metallic wrapping paper and glitter-free greetings cards can all be bagged for collection as recycling.

Electrical items, particularly those containing rechargeable batteries, should be taken to a recycling centre to be disposed of safely.

There will also be some changes to the opening hours at the city’s two waste and recycling centres over the holiday period.

Both the Gypsum Close and Freemen’s Common sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The centres will be open from 8am until 2pm on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) and New Year's Eve (31 Dec), and from 8am until 6pm at all other times.

The Gypsum Close Reuse Shop is open Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am to 4.30pm, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day when it will be closed and on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve when it will close early at 1pm.

Details of opening times for the Gypsum Close trade recycling centre will be available on the council’s website.

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