Check your Christmas recycling collection dates

The festive countdown has started and recycling and waste crews in North Somerset are gearing up for a bumper season.

The festive fortnight usually means hundreds of extra tonnes of recycling for crews to collect and even more is expected this year as more people turned to online shopping during lockdown.

North Somerset currently has a 60 per cent recycling rate, making it the highest-ranked council in the South West and ninth nationally.

This is a fantastic achievement and thanks to everyone’s efforts to recycle as much as possible.

Updated collection calendars for recycling, household waste and garden waste are now available on the council’s website.

There are some changes during the Christmas period to allow for bank holidays so use the postcode look-up tool to view when your next collection is and download a calendar.

Calendars run until March, when the new recycling and waste company set up by North Somerset Council will launch.

Garden waste

There is no garden waste service from Monday (21 December) until Friday 15 January so vehicles can be used instead to collect excess recycling and waste.

After that, if you’re signed up to the garden waste service you can put your real Christmas trees (up to 2m in height and minus the pot and decorations) out for collection next to your bin.

You could also donate your real tree to a charity or local organisation:

  • St Peter’s Hospice, Long Ashton:

Collections available for postcodes BS48, BS21 and BS20. Find out more on the charity’s website.

  • Weston Rotary, Weston-super-Mare:

A Pines for Pounds scheme for postcodes BS22, BS23, BS24, BS49. )

  • Noah’s Ark Zoo and Farm, Wraxall:

The zoo will collect 1,000 trees which are repurposed for either animal enrichment or chipped to mulch. There will be a drop-off point in the main car park. Contact the zoo before travelling to check they have space.

An annual charge of £50 per bin is being introduced from April for garden waste collections in North Somerset.

Letters will be sent out early in the New Year with details about how to sign up to the new service and options for those already registered with the current service.

Recycling centres

Recycling centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

On other days, winter opening hours apply to all three sites at Portishead, Weston-super-Mare and Backwell.

Check online before travelling for advice about social distancing and opening times.

Recycling centres are open for excess waste that can’t be stored at home and there are limits to the number of people allowed on site at any one time so please be patient.

If there are queues on roads surrounding the site, please turn off your engines while you wait and be aware you may be asked to return another day.

Sorting your recycling

All recyclable wrapping paper needs to go with cardboard recycling this year.

Any glittery, metallic or plastic-coated wrapped paper cannot be recycled and needs to go in your black bin.

Try scrunching the paper in your hand and if it holds shape and remains scrunched, it is most likely recyclable.

Glittery Christmas cards are also non-recyclable and must go in the black bin or repurposed as gift tags next year.