NORMAL refuse, recycling, food and garden waste collections will change for some Tewkesbury residents over Christmas and the New Year. Here’s a reminder of the rescheduled dates, what to do with excess waste and some information on recycling.

The majority of households in the borough will have their waste and recycling bins picked up as usual over the Christmas and New Year period. However, there will be no collections taking place on 25 and 28 December. Those with collections due on 25 and 28 December can put food waste out for collection the following week and the missed bin the following fortnight.

You can visit our collections calendar webpage if you need a reminder of your specific collection dates.

Lead Member for Clean and Green Environment, Councillor Jim Mason said: “At this time of year, there is huge potential for households to generate unnecessary waste. This Christmas, it would be fantastic if residents could keep up with the good work that happens all year round to recycle as much as possible and reduce waste.”

The collection schedule is as follows:

Normal collection day Christmas collection changes

Thursday, 24 December 2015 Thursday, 24 December 2015

Friday, 25 December 2015 No collection - this bin will be collected on Friday, 8 January 2016

Monday, 28 December 2015 No collection - this bin will be collected on Monday, 11 January 2016

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 Tuesday, 29 December 2016

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 Wednesday, 30 December 2016

Thursday, 31 December 2015 Thursday, 31 December 2015

Friday, 1 January 2016 Saturday, 2 January 2016

Monday, 4 January 2016 Monday, 4 January 2016

Free bags for excess waste and recycling

To offer additional support - particularly to the households affected - the council is providing free blue recycling bags and free black waste bags for any excess recycling and waste, which can be picked up from local town or parish council offices, as well as from the borough council's offices in Tewkesbury.

If your green bin is missed 25 or 28 December:

You are welcome to put out up to three extra bags of refuse but only on your next collection (Friday 8 and Monday 11 January). The crews will be instructed to take this side waste from households. Please recycle as much as possible as this will reduce the quantity of refuse in the green bin. If residents wish, additional waste can be taken to the household recycling centres (near Stoke Orchard or Hempsted); they are only closed Christmas Day and News Year's day.

If your blue bin is missed 25 or 28 December:

You are welcome to put out extra recycling the following fortnight on your next collection day (Friday 8 and Monday 11 January) either in special blue bags (see above) or in a suitable container such as a recycling box. The crews will be instructed to take extra recycling from households. There are also recycling banks in the area and at the household recycling centres. More information here:

If your food waste is missed 25 or 28 December:

If your food waste is missed on 25 December, it will be collected on your next weekly collection, which will be Saturday 2 January. If your food waste is missed on 28 December, it will be collected on Monday 4 January. Residents can use any type of plastic bags to line their caddy, keep the outdoor caddy lid shut and use the handle to lock it. Uncooked fruit and vegetable waste (stalks, peeling, seeds etc.) can be home composted.

If your garden waste is missed 25 or 28 December:

Your next collection will be the following fortnight. Garden waste at this time of the year is exceptionally low. Real Christmas trees can be put in or alongside garden waste bins or taken to one of our 'Treecycle' sites.

Festive footprint recycling

Don't forget you can recycle many items which are typically abundant at Christmas and New Year.

In your blue bin you can recycle wrapping paper (but no foil or glittery paper) and the cardboard tubes, greetings cards, biscuit and sweet tins, glass bottles and jars, as well as food and drinks cans. Please make sure food and drinks containers are rinsed clean before putting them in the recycling bin.

Leftovers can be reused creating some tasty post-celebration treats and anything which can't be eaten can be put in the food waste caddy for collection.

Please make sure recycling is loose in the bin and not in plastic bin liners or carrier bags. Only recycling in our blue bags will be collected.