Oxford's Christmas rubbish and recycling collections

Published: Wednesday, 27th November 2019

Over Christmas and New Year Oxford's rubbish and recycling collection dates will temporarily change.

Collections due on:

  • 25 December will move to 27 December
  • 26 December will move to 28 December
  • 27 December will move to 30 December
  • 1 January will move to 2 January
  • 2 January will move to 3 January
  • 3 January will move to 4 January.

Garden waste collections, bulky waste collections and new bin deliveries, will be suspended from 24 December, resuming, as normal from 7 January 2020.

Anyone with extra recycling over Christmas, such as wrapping paper or non-glittery Christmas cards, can put it next to the blue bin in a cardboard box or clear plastic bag on collection day.

Broken small electrical items or dead batteries can be placed on any bin lid in separate clear bags for collection.

Christmas tree collection

The Council will collect real Christmas trees, stripped of their lights and decorations, and removed from their pot, for recycling. Leave them out on a blue bin collection day between 7 and 31 January 2020 and we will turn them into compost. There will also be Christmas tree collection points across the city. Check the website below for details. Last year the Council composted around 5000 trees.

"Christmas and New Year means cards, packaging, cartons and glass bottles all needing to be recycled, as well as food waste. Please use our recycling services and make sure that we keep Oxford recycling as much as possible - including real Christmas trees once the festivities are over."

Maria Warner, Oxford Direct Services' Waste and Recycling Services Manager.

For more recycling information visit our recycling and waste page.