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

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There are no changes to waste collection dates over Christmas and New Year, which means residents should present containers by 6am on their normal scheduled collection day.

And this year for the first time, wrapping paper can be recycled as long as it doesn’t spring back to a flat shape after being scrunched up, and doesn’t contain foil, glitter or synthetic material. 

Wrapping paper must be contained within the green recycling box.  Recycling collection teams are unable to take recyclable wrapping paper presented in black bags or carrier bags. To check if wrapping paper is recyclable visit www.stroud.gov.uk/xmas

Polystyrene foam can’t currently be recycled, so that should be placed in general waste and not in recycling.

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 Chloe Turner 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.

“This is a time when many households will take deliveries wrapped in cardboard – please also remember to flatten 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. 

“It’s important we can find ways reducing our food waste over the festive period, and if everyone can do their bit it will make a huge difference.”

For tips on reducing food waste this Christmas visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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.

Residents can download 2021/22 collection calendars via the My House section on the SDC website – www.stroud.gov.uk/my-house

Residents who do not have online access or who cannot download the calendar can call the council on 01453 766321 for a copy. As usual, Stroud District Council offices will be closed over Christmas and New Year, from 3pm on Friday 24 December and reopen at 8.45am on Tuesday 4 January.

During this festive season the council will be supporting local hospice, Longfield, which will be collecting real Christmas trees for recycling. For a suggested donation of £10 or more, the trees will be collected from homes by volunteers from Just Helping. Funds raised will help to provide care for adults living with a life-limiting illness, and support for their loved ones and carers.

Registration for tree collection is open now until 3 January 2022.

Real Christmas trees can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres – all visits must be pre-booked. To book a slot visit www.gloucestershirerecycles.com

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