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Friday December 18, 2020 Christmas waste and recycling collections.

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Waste and recycling collection dates will change over the Christmas period.

Waste and recycling collection dates will change over the Christmas and New Year period, so people need to check their revised collection dates on the Wiltshire Council website. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks over this period. The last collections will take place on Thursday 24 December and they will restart on Saturday 9 January 2021, for those households that were due a collection on Friday 8 January.

All collections, including garden waste, return to normal from Monday 11 January 2021.

Only Amesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Purton will be open from 10am-1pm on 24 December. All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days. People will need to book a slot online before visiting a household recycling centre.

This Christmas WC would like everyone to recycle as much as they can including wrapping paper which scrunches into a ball and doesn’t bounce back, cardboard packaging, plastic sweet tubs, mince pie foil cases, drink cans, glass bottles and Christmas cards without glitter or plastic decorations can all be recycled.

Additional recyclable material such as cans, cardboard and paper can be placed in suitable alternative containers alongside your bin. Flatten cardboard and wash and squash plastic bottles and cartons and put their lids back on as this will help make more room in your blue-lidded bin.

It’s really important that people do not place batteries or electrical items into any of their bins as these have caused fires in the collection vehicles and at waste facilities.

People who pay to have their garden waste collected can put their real Christmas tree out alongside their garden waste bin on their first collection day in January.

For information about local recycling centres, recycling Christmas trees, collection days and advice on how to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible during the festive period visit wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling.