Changes to Christmas bin collections

Uttlesford District Council is advising residents of some important changes to the bin collection schedule over the festive season.

In Christmas week - starting 20 December - all collections will be a day earlier than usual. For example, if your bin is usually collected on a Wednesday, it will instead by collected on the Tuesday. This will be for the black-lidded waste bin and brown food waste caddy.

There will be no collections in the week following Christmas (28 to 31 December).

The revised schedule not only helps to overcome a number of operational issues, including the limited opportunity for the refuse vehicles to tip waste at the transfer station (this is where the waste has to go before it can be sent for recycling), it has the additional benefit of enabling the hard-working collection crews to take a well-deserved break.

Collections will return to normal from Tuesday 4 January 2022. This will be for the green-lidded recycling bin and brown food waste caddy.

If residents find their recycling bin gets full before their collection date, they can use a plastic bag (not black bags) or a cardboard box for their extra recycling - these can be placed out next to the recycling bin ready for collection.

Collections of the black-lidded bin will resume in the week starting 10 January.

Residents can see the Christmas bin collection arrangements, as well as opening hours and emergency contacts, at

For more information about recycling, reducing or reusing waste, or to see the recycling centre opening times over Christmas and New Year, visit

7 December 2021