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Christmas and New Year bin collections – all you need to know

Published: Friday, 18 December, 2020

Stroud District Council has plans in place to ensure waste and recycling collections continue during the holiday period – here is everything you need to know about changed collection dates.

Householders whose collections would usually fall on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will have their refuse collected on a different day.

The key dates to remember are that if your collection would fall on:

  Friday 25 December, it will be collected on Monday 28 December.

  Friday 1 January, it will be collected on Monday 4 January.

Defra figures show that we’re one of the top performing recycling councils in England. So once again please remember to minimise the amount of waste created and recycle as much Christmas waste as possible – glass, cans, plastic bottles and containers and cardboard packaging can all be recycled.

Stroud District Council Environment Committee chair Simon Pickering said:

“With the festive period fast-approaching, please remember that weather-permitting our waste and recycling crews will be out on the usual collection days apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when alternative collection days are in place.

“This is a time when many households will take deliveries wrapped in cardboard - please also remember to flatten card and cardboard and put it in your recycling box. Extra cardboard should be reduced to approximately the size of a green box and placed neatly underneath or next to the recycling box on collection day.”

Glass, cans, plastic bottles and plastic containers can go in recycling wheelie bins or bags. It’s important that these items do not go in to food caddies.

Polystyrene foam and wrapping paper can’t currently be recycled, so please place that in your household waste and not in your recycling.

It’s also important to only buy just enough food so you don’t overfill your waste food bin – and save money too. And if bad weather strikes and snow or ice holds up collections, residents should leave their waste and recycling out for two days including Saturdays but not Sundays.

If crews are unable to collect it within this period, it should be taken back in until the next scheduled collection. The safety of crews and the public is paramount in ice and snow conditions.

For more information and updates, visit, email, and follow @StroudDC on Twitter and Stroud District Council on Facebook.

Residents can download 2021 collection calendars, with the option of an easy- to-read accessible version, and the amended Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 dates via the My House function on the SDC website -

Residents who do not have online access or who cannot download the calendar can call the council on 01453 754 424 for a copy. As usual, most Stroud District Council services will be closed as usual over Christmas and New Year. They will be closed from 3pm on Thursday 24 December and reopen at 8.45am on Monday 4 January.



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