While you’re enjoying the Christmas break, remember that there may be changes to your usual bin collection days over the festive period.

Your revised bin collection day is listed below:

Tuesday 22 December changed to Monday 21 December

Wednesday 23 December changed to Tuesday 22 December

Thursday 24 December changed to Wednesday 23 December

Friday 25 December changed to Thursday 24 December

Tuesday 29 December - no change

Wednesday 30 December - no change

Thursday 31 December - no change

Friday 1 January 2021 changed to Saturday 2 January 2021

Christmas bin collection dates

The council is urging residents to recycle properly and not throw their rubbish in the black domestic waste bin automatically.

Cllr Judith Guthrie, cabinet member for environment and public protection said: “It’s important to keep in mind that a lot of the additional waste we make around Christmas can be recycled.

“You also may not realise that some types of wrapping paper are recyclable, or that some Christmas tree lights can be taken to one of our community recycling centres. You can always check what can go in your black or blue bins, or what you can take to a community recycling centre by visiting the council’s website.”

Please remember:

  • Christmas cards, cardboard packaging and foil can go in your blue recycling bin as well as aluminium cans and glass bottles
  • Christmas trees can be recycled via St Rocco’s tree collection for a small donation, or you can take trees, wreaths and plants to community recycling centres
  • Some wrapping paper can’t be recycled due to the mix of materials and sticky tape can cause trouble for recycling plants. Make sure you remove any tape and do the scrunch test – if the paper springs back, it can’t be recycled
  • Don’t put batteries in your bins as they may cause a fire. You can dispose of batteries at your local recycling bank or LiveWire library. Lots of supermarkets also have battery recycling bins
  • Christmas tree lights can be taken to some of our community recycling centres that accept small electrical items
  • Baubles and tinsel can’t be recycled. Re-use them for as long as you can, but if their time has come, put them in your normal household waste.

Our local community recycling centres will still be open through December:

  • Gatewarth community recycling centre is open 8am-6pm throughout the year.
  • Woolston community recycling centre is open 10am-4pm weekdays, 8am-6pm weekends.
  • Stockton Heath community recycling centre is open 10am-4pm weekdays, 8am-4pm weekends.


Please note that the recycling centres are closed on Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year’s day.

For more information about what you can and can’t recycle, or to find your nearest recycling centre, visit: warrington.gov.uk/bins-waste-and-recycling