Christmas bin collections 2017

Christmas bin collection scheduleThere will be no domestic waste or recycling collections from 4.00pm on Friday 22 December until Tuesday 2nd January. Make sure your bin is out by 6.00am on your collection day to make sure it is not missed.

We are placing information leaflets on black bins across the city to let you know when your bin collections will be. You can also check our bin day look-up tool to see when your collections will be. ‌ ‌ ‌

Over the holiday break, you will not be able to use the missed bin form to report a missed bin. This is because our collections are not running. The form will be open from Tuesday 2nd January.

Collecting extra waste after Christmas

When collections resume in January, we will be taking extra waste along with your bins for the first two weeks of collections only. For your first black bin day in January (general waste bin), you can leave up to three extra bags of waste out for us to collect. Please ensure it is properly bagged.

For your first blue bin day in January (recycling bin), you may leave extra bags or boxes of recycling waste. We recommend using the extra space for paper and cardboard, and making sure there is enough room in your wheelie bin for any glass you wish to recycle. Please ensure the bags or boxes are open so the refuse crews can see the contents.

To save room, please collapse any recyclable cardboard boxes, and squash all plastic bottles.

Please check our A-Z of recycling to see which items go in the different bins.


  • What should I do with any extra waste over Christmas?

    Over Christmas and New Year we all create more waste than usual. A lot of the extra waste is recyclable, such as paper, cardboard and bottles (both glass and plastic).

    Wash and squash all your plastic bottles and cans to help fit more in your blue bin. Paper and cardboard can be bagged up and put out next to your blue bin. Big cardboard boxes can be flattened so they are easy for us to collect.

    If you do need to put out extra recycling, make sure we can tell it's recycling. If your recycling is tied up in a black bin bag we may think its general rubbish and leave it behind.

    Take a look at our information about reducing food waste for useful tips on storing and using up leftovers to help keep your food waste to a minimum. If you have a compost bin, you can put certain types of food waste in there.

    For the first scheduled black bin collection after Christmas, we will collect up to three extra bags of general rubbish if they are left next to your bin.

    If you get extra refuse and recycling or you have any other household items for disposal Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre will be open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day from 8.00am until 6.00pm.

  • Can wrapping paper and Christmas cards go in my blue bin?

    Christmas cards and wrapping paper can go in your blue bin for recycling as long as they are not covered in glitter and other materials other than paper or card (such as foil, plastic and glass).

  • Will the tip at Raynesway be open over Christmas?

    Yes, Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre will be open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day from 8.00am until 6.00pm.

  • What can I take to charity shops?

    If you are having a Christmas clear out please think about donating good quality items to your local charity shop.

    Lots of charity shops accept electrical items like old TVs and stereos as well as toys and clothing.

    Some charities such as the British Heart Foundation offer a free collection of items.

  • What can I do with my Christmas tree after the festive season?

    When you have finished with your real Christmas tree you can take it to Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre for composting.

    You can take fake trees along for disposal too but please don’t put them in the garden waste bin.

Contact details

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Post address:
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street

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