Recycling at Christmas - When the celebrations are over

Published: Friday, 22nd December 2017

During Christmas week Oxford residents' recycling and rubbish collection days will be one day later.

If the usual day is Tuesday, it will be collected on Wednesday instead; if it is Wednesday, it will be collected on Thursday instead, and so on. Additionally garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks from 26 December, resuming during the week starting 8 January.

And when residents take their real Christmas tree down, the council can recycle it for them if they leave it without the lights, pots and decorations next to the blue bin or sacks on collection day. This begins from the week starting 9 January for those in the south of the city (red collection zone) or week starting 16 January for those in the north (blue collection zone). Oxford City Council will collect them for free and recycle them into compost (and you don’t need a brown bin subscription). Last year the City Council composted around 5,000 Christmas trees.

Councillor John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: "When you are finished with your real Christmas tree this year the City Council will collect it from the edge of your property.  

"Make sure that the tree is stripped of its decorations and lights and take it out of its pot. The City Council can then take the tree away for free and turn it into rich compost that will be used on local farmland – that’s much better than sending it to be incinerated. 

“Collections will be one day later so your refuse collection team can enjoy Christmas Day and Boxing Day at home with their families. But we don’t stop recycling just because it’s Christmas. In fact we want everyone to recycle all their extra wrapping paper, bottles and food waste."

Residents living in flats that do not have kerbside collections, or anyone wishing to recycle their tree before the kerbside collections begin, are asked to take their trees to one of the 12 collection points across the city instead. These are open from 27 December to 14 January and are located at:

  • Alexandra Tennis Courts, Middle Way, Summertown
  • Leys Pools and Leisure Centre car park (formerly Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre)
  • 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

To find out more about Christmas recycling visit our Recycling at Christmas page.