– Waste and Recycling Collections This Christmas!

Recycling, waste and garden subscription collections are changing for two weeks over Christmas and the New Year period. This is due to both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on a Monday.

This will mean that all waste, recycling and garden waste collections for the Christmas week beginning Tuesday 26 December will run one day later than usual, apart from Monday collections on Christmas Day which will be collected on Saturday 23 December.

New Year’s week will see collections run one day later than usual.

Collections will be back to normal from Monday 8 January 2024.

Polystyrene collection 

IWC will collect excess polystyrene from households on general (black bin/black reusable sack) waste collection days from Monday 18 December 2023 until Friday 12 January 2024. 

If you have extra polystyrene packaging that won’t fit in your black bin or sack, just place it within a clear or white plastic bag next to your black bin/black gull sack on your collection day. 

It must be in a clear or white sack so that the collection crews can easily identify it. The clear bag must only hold polystyrene, or it won’t be collected. Any excess general waste or black sacks left to the side of your bin or gull sack will not be collected.

After 12 January, please remember that as polystyrene is not currently recyclable it must be placed in your black bin/black reusable sack or taken to Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Waste Recycling Centre and placed in the general rubbish skip. 

Cardboard waste 

If you have lots of cardboard waste, please bundle up and place it separately to the side of your recycling bin/sack on your recycling week collection. 


Batteries must always be removed from electrical items before being collected. Place your spent household batteries safely and separately in their own clear sandwich sized bag. Leave the clear bag holding the batteries on top (not inside) of your general waste (black bin/black reusable sack) on your general waste collection week. Batteries thrown into ordinary bins/sacks, household waste or with other recycling are dangerous. 

Large batteries such as laptop/phone/power tool batteries and car batteries or items where the batteries cannot be removed should be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. 

Real Christmas tree collection 
If you have an active Garden Waste Subscription, you can also dispose of real Christmas trees as part of the service. The tree should be clear of all decorations and pots and can be left to the side of your garden bin on your collection day between Monday 1 January and Friday 12 January 2024.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres
Lynnbottom and Afton Marsh household waste and recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day. Other than this, normal opening hours apply.

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