At Christmas you are likely to end up with more things for recycling. Remember, all your wrapping paper, Christmas cards, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, foil, food and drink cans, empty aerosols and drinks cartons can all be recycled in your blue bin.

Here are some tips to free up space in your blue bin over the festive season

  • Flatten or squash recycling, such as wrapping paper, cardboard and plastic bottles, before putting it in your recycling bin.
  • Use one of our three larger Household Waste Recycling Centres. These accept a much wider range of items such as Christmas trees, cardboard, electrical items. Or you can simply drop off extra general waste.

We can also collect your bulky waste (there is a charge for this service). To request a bulky waste collection, complete an Envirocall online form here or phone 0191 278 7878.

Bin collections

Normal collection day Revised collection day
Tuesday 26 December 2017 Wednesday 27 December 2017
Wednesday 27 December 2017 Thursday 28 December 2017
Thursday 28 December 2017 Friday 29 December 2017
Friday 29 December 2017 Saturday 30 December 2017

For more information, please visit the rubbish, waste and recycling page.

Check your bin day

Open every day apart from Christmas Day and New Years Day. Winter opening times (1 October to 31 March) 8am to 6pm. All centres will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Christmas tree recycling

Local Christmas tree recycling points will now be located at our household waste recycling centres - you can find your nearest site here.

We are open daily from 8am to 6pm, so why not take all your items for recycling in one go?  We take cardboard and wrapping paper, batteries, light bulbs, CDs/DVDs, electrical equipment, TVs and monitors and much more.

Page last updated: 
12 December 2017
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