Useful information about Christmas & New Year rubbish and recycling collections

Xmas_boy with blue box and can_mJust for your information, we thought we’d pass on Cornwall Council’s holiday schedule for collecting rubbish and recycling.

For a summary of dates, click here.

Rubbish collections will be suspended on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Residents will receive a double collection the following week.

Recycling collections will not take place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. If your collection is due on either of these days, it will be collected on Saturday 28 December.

Garden waste collections will not take place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. If your collection is due on either of these days, it will be collected on Saturday 28 December.

Christmas trees
Real Christmas trees will only be collected on weeks commencing 6 January and 13 January. Place your tree out for collection on your rubbish collection day, on the alternate week to your recycling collection. The trees will be collected for free, then shredded and composted.

Other Christmas Questions

Christmas cards
There are a number of charity collections for Christmas cards, but if you wish to dispose of them using the kerbside recycling collection, they should be placed in the cardboard sack.

Envelopes
White envelopes should go in the paper sack; coloured or brown envelopes should go with the cardboard.

Wrapping paper
We can accept most wrapping paper but shiny paper is difficult to recycle as the water in the paper mills cannot penetrate the fibres. So if paper is coated with foil or plastic, we cannot take it. Please put all non-shiny paper in the paper sack and remove all sticky take, string and ribbons.

Cardboard
Over Christmas there are a lot of extra cardboard boxes. The boxes should be flattened and put into the orange cardboard bag. If the boxes are too big, flat pack them, tie them in a bundle and put them out next to your recycling. If you have very large amounts of cardboard, you can either take it to the household waste and recycling centres or put it out for the kerbside collection over a couple of weeks.

Chocolate and biscuit tins
You can put chocolate and biscuit tins out for recycling in the sack for plastic bottles and cans. We can only accept metal sweet and biscuit tins; we cannot take plastic tubs.

Additonal recycling
If you have more kerbside recycling than usual, please put it out in carrier bags. Please be extra careful with glass bottles and place out for collection in a rigid box.

Household waste and recycling centres
The sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The normal site opening times are 9am to 4pm.

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