Festive bin collection changes in Wychavon 2020

Festive bin collection changes in Wychavon 

Changes are being made to bin collections in Wychavon during Christmas and New Year.

Waste and recycling collections will take place as normal from Monday 21 December to Christmas Eve.

The following changes will then take place:


Normal collection day Festive collection day
Friday 25 December Monday 28 December
Monday 28 December Tuesday 29 December
Tuesday 29 December Wednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 December Thursday 31 December
Thursday 31 December Saturday 2 January
Friday 1 January Monday 4 January
Monday 4 January Tuesday 5 January
Tuesday 5 January Wednesday 6 January
Wednesday 6 January Thursday 7 January
Thursday 7 January Friday 8 January
Friday 8 January Saturday 9 January


Residents should check their copy of the WYCHAVON magazine, delivered this month, or our dedicated web page www.wychavon.gov.uk/Christmas for full details.


The web page also features a naughty and nice guide to recycling to help residents put the right things in the green bin this festive season.


There is also advice on waste reduction, particularly how to avoid throwing away food. The average family household in Worcestershire wastes £700 a year on food and more food waste is usually generated at Christmas. Across the UK the equivalent of 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings and 74 million mince pies are thrown away.


Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be open except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. Residents are also being urged to delay having a new year clear out until later in January as social distancing restrictions remain in place at HRCs and too many people turning up at once may cause issues.


Charity shops are open and accepting donations, but restrictions are in place. Please call ahead before you visit with a donation. A list is available on our Christmas web page. Residents are urged not to leave donations on the street outside charity shops that are closed as this is fly-tipping and may lead to a fine or prosecution.


People are also encouraged to make reducing their waste a New Year’s resolution and to have a go at the 30-day zero waste challenge on the web page.


Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment and Street Scene on Wychavon District Council, said: “We have seen an increase in recycling since March but the amount of waste people are generating is also on the increase. Reducing our waste is just one small way we can all play our part in protecting our planet and living more sustainably. I urge everyone to make it their New Year’s resolution for 2021.”


Our top festive tips for recycling and waste reduction this Christmas are:


  • Eat what you buy, plan your portions, and use up leftovers.
  • Use the scrunch test on wrapping paper. If it holds its shape when scrunched into a ball, then it can go in with your recycling.
  • Plastic pots, tubs, and trays – including those used for dips and nibbles – can be recycled as long as they aren’t black in colour.
  • Send an electronic card to reduce waste this year. If you do receive an actual card, save it for next year and use for gift tags.
  • Foil can’t go in your green bin but it can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres. Scrunch it up into a ball and store it until you next have to make a visit.
  • Plastic toys and clothing can’t go in your green recycling bin. If in good condition, please donate to charity or sell online.

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/Christmas for more information.