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Festive refuse, recycling and tree collections

Published December 16, 2020 12.39pm


Residents in County Durham are being reminded of some changes to rubbish and recycling collections over the Christmas period.

Christmas bin collection

Residents are being reminded not to overfill their glass recycling boxes

Bin collections across the county will take place as normal up to and including Thursday, 24 December 2020. 

Changes will only apply to Friday collections, which fall on Christmas Day and New Year's Day this year. Those collections will instead take place on Monday, 28 December and Monday, 4 January 2021. 

Normal collections will resume on Tuesday, 5 January. 

Residents are also being reminded not to overfill their glass recycling boxes over the festive period and put out their glass box for every collection to spread out the amount of glass to be collected. 

Meanwhile, we are once again offering to collect real Christmas trees free of charge. Residents can book their new year collection by visiting our Christmas tree collections web page before Thursday, 7 January. 

Residents are being urged to book a collection, or take their real tree to any of our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), as it is an offence to deposit unwanted trees on the roadside or in an unlicensed area. A collection point will not be available from the Morrisons car park in Barnard Castle this year. 

Further information about HWRC locations and opening hours can be found on our Household Waste Recycling Centres web page.

Festive refuse and recycling information can also be found on the 'My Durham' section of our website if residents enter their house number and postcode. 

Residents can also keep up-to-date with any changes to our services by following DCC on Twitter or DCC on Facebook.