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Bournemouth Recycling & waste collection arrangements during the festive period

Scheduled refuse and recycling collections will run normally throughout the festive period and New Year with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day for Bournemouth residents.

Affected residents should please leave their refuse and recycling bins out at the edge of their property as catch up collections will be running from Thursday 27. Excess bagged waste which can’t fit in the bin will also be picked up. In addition waste can be disposed of at Millhams Household Recycling Centre which is open from 8am to 5pm over the winter period although closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

There will also be Christmas tree collections running in the New Year from 7-18 January. Residents should put their tree out for collection on their scheduled refuse collection day which is also their non-recycling week.

In the event of adverse weather disrupting services, residents should leave their bins out as all efforts will be made to collect them as soon as conditions improve.

Councillor Michael Filer, portfolio holder for Transport, Cleansing & Waste, said: “Bournemouth has an excellent record for managing its rubbish with 81 per cent of all waste generated by the town now recycled, composted or recovered rather than going to landfill. We can all keep up the good work by doing our bit at home this Christmas by helping to reduce how much we throw away. Remember it is the season of goodwill not excess waste – let’s work together to recycle more and waste less. Finally greetings and best wishes to everyone for the festive season and for the New Year.”

In addition the waiting list to register for the green waste collection scheme for 2013 closes on Monday 24 December – Christmas Eve. If you are on the list, you will be contacted in January to say whether the 2013 scheme is being extended to include you. To register send your name, address and phone number to or telephone Ask Bournemouth on 01202 451199. Those already on the waiting list or are already in the scheme do not need to re-register.

Traditionally, the festive period results in greater amounts of waste and recycling than usual.

Here are our top tips on reducing your seasonal waste:
Turn this year’s Christmas cards into next year’s gift tags
Use seasonal greenery such as ivy, laurel and holly from your garden for decoration and compost afterwards
Switch to LED Christmas lights to save energy
Opt for rechargeable batteries for children’s toys
Use a reusable Christmas stocking for smaller gifts rather than wrapping paper
Make a conscious effort to buy items with less packaging
Try not to overbuy on food, especially perishables, to avoid having to bin excess and freeze or reuse leftovers in soups, stews and next day lunches (check out the for festive recipes)
Recycle or compost as much as you can!

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