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Kerbside recycling and waste collections and Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRCs) operations over the Christmas and New Year period 2017

This briefing note outlines changes to recycling and waste collections over the 2017/18 festive period, and details the revised opening days at the Household Waste Recycling Centres as well as providing preparatory advice should adverse weather impact.

Christmas collection changes
The Waste Management Service continues to work closely with its commercial partners to improve service quality and minimise the disruption to our residents as much as possible.

Collections over the festive period can be particularly challenging due to several factors, but not least the number of bank holidays.

This year it has been very difficult to minimise day changes due to the fall of the bank holidays and as a result there will be more collection day changes over this festive period than there has been in recent years.

As a consequence, Kier will be operating a service on three Saturdays to allow the service to return to scheduled collections by Monday 8 January 2018.

The full collection schedule is outlined below.

Collection days

Information will be distributed to households in a number of ways including: collection calendars, press adverts, local radio statements, social media and notices on both internal and external Council websites.

New annual collection calendars, which include Christmas collection information, will be distributed to residents by Monday 4 December.
The garden waste collection crews will post them.

Collection calendars will also be available online.

Garden waste collections
Garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks, from Monday 1 January 2018 and will resume on Monday 15 January 2018.

The resources for the garden waste collections will be utilised to assist both recycling and domestic collections over this time.

Following this period any real Christmas trees can be chopped up to a size which allows the lid to close, and placed into green wheeled bins for collection from Monday 15 January 2018.

Recycle first
Remember Christmas cards, envelopes and non-metallic wrapping paper can all be recycled in the green box.

Cardboard boxes should be flattened to fit inside the green box with any plastic and polystyrene removed.

Any extra recycling (including food waste) can be placed out for collection next to existing recycling containers in suitable, clearly labelled containers such as a carrier bag or a plastic storage box (this container will be returned after emptying).

Larger boxes can either be ripped up in to smaller pieces and placed into the green recycling box or taken to a local Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)
All HWRCs are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, with the primary sites at Winsford, Ellesmere Port and Chester open as usual throughout the rest of the period, other than these days.

However, to provide additional support for recycling and waste disposal, we have agreed to extend the opening days at the secondary HWRC sites at Neston, Northwich, Frodsham and Tattenhall between Wednesday 27 December and Wednesday 3 January.

The revised hours and additional extended days (highlighted) are below.