Waste collections over the festive period

For residents living in the Edinburgh area there will be no change to collection dates for green wheelie bins/ black sack collections, food waste bins and red and blue boxes over the festive period.

However residents are reminded that there will be no garden waste collections or special uplifts between 26 December and 6 January. Normal service will resume on Monday 9 January.

Again this year, residents will be able to recycle their real Christmas trees at the kerbside, no matter where they live.

Those who live in a brown bin area should place their Christmas tree next to their bin on their January pick up day.

Those who don't have a brown bin can place their tree beside their communal rubbish bin on their normal collection day from 9 - 20 January.

Residents should place their Christmas tree at the kerbside by 7am on the collection day. To enable trees to be recycled residents are reminded to:

  • Remove all decorations from the Christmas tree
  • Cut the tree into 5ft lengths
  • Do not place trees in plastic bags as they will be unable to be recycled.

Christmas trees can also be recycled at any of Edinburgh's three Community Recycling Centres - these will be closed to the public on the 25-26 December and 1-3 January.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said: "Whether they cut it up and put it in their brown bin, take it to a Community Recycling Centre or leave it out for collection on the designated day, people can ensure that their Christmas tree is recycled once the festive season is over. It's vital that we make it as easy as possible for people to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle."

People can find their January pick-up day by entering their postcode at www.greenboxday.co.uk, by emailing waste@edinburgh.gov.uk or phoning 0131 529 3030. For more information on how services may be affected over the festive period visit our website.

These services may be subject to change in the event of severe weather. For more information on what to do if services are disrupted due to bad weather, visit our severe weather pages.

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