Waste collection changes over Christmas period

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



All weekly collections will be a day earlier than normal during the two-weeks from Monday 21 December.


This means that over the holiday period regular Tuesday collections will move to Monday 21 December and Monday 28 December.


Homes that normally have their wate collected on Wednesdays will receive their collections on Tuesday 22 December and Tuesday 29 December.


Thursday collections will move to Wednesday 23 December and Wednesday 30 December, and Friday collections will be made on Christmas Eve (Thurs 24 Dec) and New Year’s Eve (Thurs 31 Dec).


All waste and recycling collections will return to normal from Tuesday 5 January 2021.


Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and transportation, said: “We’ve worked closely with Biffa to keep this year’s changes as simple as we can to help ensure that nobody has to miss a weekly collection.


“There’s no doubt this has been a challenging year for everyone, but it should be recognised that the city’s refuse teams have been on duty throughout the pandemic keeping our weekly collections going. We are very grateful for their continued and valued efforts.”


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, and non-metallic wrapping paper and greetings cards can all be bagged for collection as recycling.

Real Christmas trees can be composted and artificial trees disposed of at either of the city council’s recycling centres.


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.


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


For more information visit www.leicester.gov.uk/recycling

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