Changes to Christmas refuse and recycling collection dates

Published: Wednesday, 9th December 2020

During the Christmas and New Year period residents’ usual rubbish and recycling collection day will change. Additionally garden waste collections, and bulky waste collections, will be suspended from Tuesday 22 December and will resume on Tuesday 5 January.

Collection day changes:

  • Tuesday 22 December moves to Monday 21 December
  • Wednesday 23 December moves to Tuesday 22 December
  • Thursday 24 December moves to Wednesday 23 December
  • Friday 25 December moves to Thursday 24 December
  • Friday 1 January moves to Monday 4 January.

The Christmas and New Year break often means that we have to adjust rubbish and recycling collections to take account of the holidays, but we always try to keep disruption to a minimum.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank Oxford’s residents for their recycling efforts throughout 2020 and remind everyone that once again we’ll be here to collect real, unadorned, Christmas trees and discarded packaging and wrapping once the festivities are over.”

Cllr Nigel Chapmen, Cabinet Member for Customer Focused Services

Extra recycling

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

Small electrical items and batteries

Recycle small broken electrical items and batteries by leaving them on top of any bin lid in separate clear bags on your collection day. Those living in a flat with shared bins, can recycle small electrical items and batteries using collection banks or drop off points located across the city.

Christmas tree recycling

Oxford City Council will collect real, unadorned, Christmas trees for free and recycle them into compost – there is no need to have a brown bin subscription.

Real, unadorned, Christmas trees will be collected on green/brown bin collection days. Residents can leave their tree - lights, decorations and pots removed - next to their green bin/sacks or brown bin between 5 and 29 January for recycling. Christmas trees with lights, decorations and pots still attached will not be collected, as these items cannot be composted. Residents can also drop trees off at one of the following collection points across the city. Those living in a flat should not leave trees in the bin store, but rather take them to one of the collection points below. The collection points are:

  • Alexandra Tennis Courts, Middle Way, Summertown
  • Blackbird Leys Pool and Leisure Centre, Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys
  • Bury Knowle Park, North Place car park
  • Cutteslowe Park, Harbord Road car park
  • Florence Park, Cowley
  • Hinksey Park, off Abingdon Road
  • Long Lane, Littlemore
  • Margaret Road Recreation Ground
  • Meadow Lane Recreation Ground, Jackdaw Lane
  • Oatlands Recreation Ground, Ferry Hinksey Road car park
  • South Park, Morrell Avenue
  • Sunnymead Recreation Ground, by play area

“This year has been like nothing we could have imagined. Our frontline staff have been working hard throughout lockdown to keep services running, whilst collecting extra recycling and waste across Oxford. During Christmas time, this extra recycling and waste collection will continue. In fact, over the festive period we produce 30 per cent more waste.

“As always, there will be collection day changes over the festive period. After a busy year working hard throughout lockdown, these changes will enable our collection crew to have a much deserved rest on Christmas and New Year’s Day!”

Laura Baughan, ODS’ Recycling Project Coordinator

Residents can check their collection day on the Council’s recycling webpage where they can also download the calendar and subscribe to text reminders. For more recycling information visit the ODS recycling and waste web page.