Residents thanked for festive recycling efforts

Almost 60% of household waste collected over Christmas was recycled, Uttlesford District Council is pleased to be able to confirm.

Changes were made to the usual bin schedules over the festive period which included no collections being made during the Christmas week. This was due to the limited opportunity for refuse vehicles to tip waste at the transfer station (this is where the waste has to go before it can be sent for recycling) that week, as well as having the additional benefit of allowing refuse staff to enjoy a well-earned break over Christmas.

Since then the crews have worked hard to ensure collections are on track.

In the first week of January, 15 vehicles covered all rounds in the district collecting black-lidded recycling bins and additional bags of non-recyclable waste produced over Christmas. This was followed by the collection of the green-lidded bins and any additional recycling waste left alongside them.

In total over 595 tonnes of recyclable waste was collected and a further 300 tonnes of food waste was picked up alongside it.

The council would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation with the festive collection arrangements. Reports from the crews indicate that a great effort was put into recycling the extra festive waste efficiently and the council is pleased that residents consider this an issue worth supporting.

For tips and information about recycling, reducing or reusing waste, visit You can also stay up to date with recycling news by subscribing for regular e-newsletters at or by following us on Facebook and Twitter (search UttlesfordDC).

28 January 2020