There will be changes to collection days for waste and recycling (including glass) over the Christmas and New Year period. The changes will take place between 25 December 2017 and 13 January 2018 with collections returning to normal from Monday 15 January. These revised dates are available now in your online bin collection calendar available below. There is also a dedicated Christmas waste and recycling council webpage on the Council’s webiste, where you can find the full list of revised collection dates and advice on what can go in to recycling bins.
There will also be changes to garden waste collections over the festive period with a two week break for collections. The last garden waste collection will be on Friday 22 December. Collections will start again on Monday 8 January 2018.
Due to the increased amount of waste produced over the festive period the Council will be collecting bags that are left alongside general waste bins. They are asking residents to recycle as much as they can to save room, and to use wheeled waste bin for bagged food or organic matter to prevent pests and help stop any nasty spills. Please put any non-recyclables, such as polystyrene, plastic packaging and wrapping paper in another sack and put alongside your general waste bin if it is full.
After Christmas they will be collecting real Christmas trees from all residents who have them. Christmas tree collections will commence on Monday 8 January for two weeks. If you would like them to take your Christmas tree then please leave it by your general waste bin on your general rubbish collection day. They will not collect any trees after this two week period.
Alternatively you can dispose of your Christmas tree free of charge by taking it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at First Avenue, Millbrook, SO15 0LJ. The centre is open from 9am to 4pm. The recycling centre will be closed on Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Should snow and ice hit Southampton this winter, it is likely that all bin collections will be suspended for safety reasons. If the Council are unable to collect your waste and recycling then they will endeavour to catch-up as soon as possible. Should this occur then the latest information will be published on the Council website along with details to say whether or not residents should keep their bins out for collection or not.