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Yellow warning of rain and wind

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for tonight going through to Thursday that there could be gusting wind and heavy rain which may lead to disruption and flooding in some places.

See our severe weather page to see what you should do in an emergency

We are running a revised collection service over the Christmas and New Year period.

Please note collections the week leading up to Christmas will take place one or two days earlier than usual, including some collections on Saturday 19 December.

Remember to put your bins or boxes out by 7am on the day of your collection or the night before.

Week commencing Monday 4 January 2021
Normal collection day Revised collection day
Monday 4 January Tuesday 5 January
Tuesday 5 January Wednesday 6 January
Wednesday 6 January Thursday 7 January
Thursday 7 January Friday 8 January
Friday 8 January Saturday 9 January

Normal collection service resumes Monday 11 January 2021

Check your collection day online and download a calendar - opens new window

Excess Waste

We will collect up to 2 additional sacks of household waste with your first black bin collection after 25 December.

If you have extra recycling, such as glass, cardboard, cans and plastic you can leave it out for collection with your recycling. Please use a suitable box or container and not black sacks.

Alternatively, extra waste or recycling can be taken to Stevenage recycling centre.
Please note that the centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and News Year's Day.

Real Christmas trees

You can recycle real Christmas trees in your brown bin or place it by the side of your bin on your collection day, up until the end of January. Make sure to remove all decorations from your tree.

Christmas cards / wrapping paper

Plain Christmas cards and wrapping paper can be recycled in your blue box. However, cards heavily decorated with glitter and foil or glitter wrapping paper cannot be recycled and should go in your black bin. Some supermarkets also offer Christmas card recycling points. Alternatively, cut up old Christmas cards to turn them into gift tags to reuse next year!

Food waste

All food waste, including meat/fish bones and plate scrapings can be placed in your brown bin for recycling. To reduce food waste, only buy what you need and turn any leftovers you do have into tasty new meals. Check the Love Food, Hate Waste website for ideas and tips on what to do with your Christmas leftovers.

Unwanted Gifts?

If you receive unwanted gifts for Christmas, or have a post-Christmas clear out, why not sell or donate instead of throwing away. As long as items are in good condition they could still be enjoyed by someone else.

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