Service arrangements over the holiday period

Rubbish and recycling arrangements

Over the holiday period, there will be no garden waste collections from 27 December until 9 January.

Waste and recycling collections have been revised as follows:-

Normal collection date Revised collection date
Monday 27 December Tuesday 28 December
Tuesday 28 December Wednesday 29 December
Wednesday 29 December Thursday 30 December
Thursday 30 December Friday 31 December
Friday 31 December Monday 3 January
Monday 3 January Tuesday 4 January
Tuesday 4 January Wednesday 5 January
Wednesday 5 January Thursday 6 January
Thursday 6 January Friday 7 January
Friday 7 January Saturday 8 January

Please place your waste and recycling out for collection at the front edge of your property before 6am.

Collection calendar

Normal collection arrangements resume Monday 10 January

Collections return to normal on Monday 10 January including Garden Waste.

Christmas tree disposal

Disposal of Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees will be collected from households that have signed up to the garden waste collection service. Make sure you've removed all decorations, cut the tree in half and placed it next to your garden waste bin ready for collection. This service is suspended over the Christmas period and restarts Monday 10 January 2022.

Residents who have not signed up to the garden waste service can take their real Christmas tree to one of the two waste and recycling centres at Thames Road in Crayford and Maidstone Road in Foots Cray for recycling.

Disposal of Christmas paper

Recycling cards and wrapping paper

You can recycle most cards and envelopes. Ensure you remove any decorations such as ribbons, bows and glitter first as these items cannot be recycled.

You can recycle most wrapping paper if it passes the scrunch test. Ensure you remove any sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows before you do so. Note: paper-based wrapping papers can be recycled, but foil or glitter decorated papers cannot and must go into the general waste bin.

Remember, do the scrunch test with the wrapping paper first - if it doesn’t spring back it is non-foil and can be recycled.

Reuse and recycling centres

The Thames Road, Crayford and Maidstone Road, Foots Cray, sites are open 7.30am to 4pm. They are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Please note: Foots Cray is closed on Wednesdays.

Get food-savvy for Christmas

Over shopping, cooking more food than is required and not making good use of leftover food means food waste at Christmas is a huge issue.

In the UK we waste 5 million Christmas puddings, 2 million turkeys, and 74 million mince pies each year.

So, we all need to be doing all we can to reduce food waste and think about how we could shop more mindfully.

Top tips on how to stay food-savvy:

  1. Try not to overbuy - If you’re hosting, take an hour or so to plan everything well in advance. This means everything from snacks and starters to the turkey and beyond.
  2. Check what food you already have in your home - find easy ways to help you remember what you’ve got so that you can use this up first and avoid doubling up on food you already have.
  3. Plan - consider the space you need in your fridge, freezer, and cupboards to store your festive food at least a week or two ahead of buying the bulk of your festive food.
  4. Use up those leftovers - For creative recipes visit the lovefoodhatewaste website

Please ensure all unavoidable food waste is placed in your food waste recycling box ready to be transformed into green energy and food-grade fertiliser. Order a brown food recycling box if required.