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Recycling and waste collections over the festive season

15 December 2017

Recycling and waste collection arrangements for Christmas and the New Year have been confirmed by Bridgend County Borough Council.

With Christmas Day and Boxing Day falling on a Monday and a Tuesday in the first week, all scheduled collections will be two days later up until Sunday.

Then with New Year’s Day falling on a Monday in the second week, all scheduled collections will be one day later. All households will return to their normal collection dates on Monday 8 January:

Christmas week:

Normal collection: Rearranged collection:
Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) Wednesday 27 December
Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day) Thursday 28 December
Wednesday 27 December Friday 29 December
Thursday 28 December Saturday 30 December
Friday 29 December Sunday 31 December

New Year's week:

Normal collection: Rearranged collection:
Monday 1 January (New Year’s Day) Tuesday 2 January
Tuesday 2 January Wednesday 3 January
Wednesday 3 January Thursday 4 January
Thursday 4 January Friday 5 January
Friday 5 January Saturday 6 January

Deputy Leader Hywel Williams said: “While the festive season generally means more waste, the vast majority of materials can all be recycled.

“Food leftovers, including your turkey carcass, can go out with your food caddy. Paper waste, including envelopes, can be placed in your white sack, and plastic packaging goes in your blue sack.

“Don’t forget that not all types of plastic are suitable for recycling, so check to find out more about this.

“Cardboard, including Christmas cards, can go in your orange sack, and even Christmas trees can be disposed of at a local community recycling centre.

“The main items that can’t be recycled are likely to be things like polystyrene and Christmas wrapping paper – these should go out with your general waste in your blue bin bag.

“While the two-bag limit will be in place as usual and we are encouraging residents to try and stick to this, Kier have agreed that householders who find it difficult to fit in all of their non-recyclable Christmas waste will be able to put it out for collection as a separate black bag, or pre-sort it and take it to a community recycling centre.

“The festive season is exceptionally busy and Kier may use additional collection vehicles, so don’t worry if your cardboard is not collected at the same time as other recycling.”

Councillor Williams has also thanked residents for their efforts following the introduction of the new collection arrangements.

He said: “Residents of Bridgend County Borough have made a fantastic recycling effort since the new service was introduced in June.

“The area recorded its highest-ever recycling rate of 74 per cent between July and September, while the period between June and August saw a 254 tonne increase in recycling at community recycling centres and a 957 tonne drop in the amount of waste sent to landfill.

“These are excellent results, and I am looking forward to finding out more about what effect the new arrangements have had on Bridgend County Borough’s recycling performance in the New Year.”

Real Christmas trees can be recycled at the community recycling centres in Tythegston, Brynmenyn and Maesteg. They can also be taken to the Waterton Depot in Bridgend from 2 January every day apart from Sundays.

Community recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, but will be open on all other days from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

To find out more about recycling in Bridgend County Borough, please visit the council’s recycling pages at

Christmas waste Where does it go
Turkey and other food left-overs Food caddy
Paper (not wrapping paper) White recycling sack
Bottles and jars Black caddy
Plastic Blue recycling sack
Chrsitmas cards Orange recycling sack
Cardboard Orange recycling sack
Drink and food cans Blue recycling sack
Black plastic Blue bin bag or community recycling centre
Christmas wrapping paper Blue bin bag
Polystyrene Blue bin bag
Christmas trees (fake) Community recycling centres
Christmas trees (real)

Community recycling   centre.

They can also be   taken to the Waterton Depot in Bridgend from 2 January every day apart from Sundays.




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