Changes to bin collections 

Bin collections

Residents are being reminded there will be some changes to refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

Bins will be emptied as normal up to and including, Friday, December 22. But there will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Instead, all collections in the week beginning Monday, December 25 will be two days later. And collections will be one day later in the week beginning Monday, January 1.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said: “There will be some changes to waste and recycling services over the holiday period and every effort has been made to minimise disruption.

“Thanks to our residents we are on target to achieve a recycling rate of 47 per cent this year which is great news.

“We are also expecting a bumper recycling collection over the festive period. We know that this is a time when a lot of extra rubbish is generated, most of which can be recycled.

“We know it is a busy time but please make good use of your recycling bins and remember to put the right things in the right bin.

“If every household in Bolton recycled one more magazine over the festive period, it would save enough energy to power a school for nearly four and a half months.”

Residents are being reminded:-

• All food waste such as peelings, turkey bones, tea bags and coffee grinds, and any unpackaged out of date food can go into the food waste container or green bin.

• Plastic and glass bottles, drinks cans, jars, food tins, foil trays and empty aerosols can all be placed in the burgundy bin.

• Christmas cards, wrapping paper and paper gift bags without glitter, and cardboard packaging can be recycled in the beige bin.

• Bows, ribbon, polystyrene and plastic pots, tubs and trays cannot be recycled and need to go in the grey bin.

Bolton Community Transport Furniture Services will collect and recycle real Christmas trees for a charge of £13. Call 01204 364777 by Friday, January 5 to arrange collection.

Trees can be recycled for free at local Household Waste Recycling Centres. Any extra waste which cannot be recycled can also be taken there. Check opening times at

For help with recycling or to check bin collection dates visit or follow @RecycleforBolton on Facebook, and @Recycle4Bolton on Twitter.

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Media contact
Salma Nakhuda
01234 567890
Further details
Book Christmas tree collection
01204 364777