Westminster council confirms rubbish collections on Christmas Day

By Adrian Zorzut, Local Democracy Reporter

Many London boroughs have made changes to bin collections over Christmas and New Year, but one is bucking the trend.

Westminster council has confirmed that rubbish collections are set to continue as normal over the festive period.

Westminster City Council announced bin workers will be out on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day collecting household and business waste.

However, the local authority did have a request for residents and gave a festive reminder about recycling.

Its website said: “Please remember that the following items cannot be put in the mixed recycling and need to be put in the general rubbish, please reuse items if possible.”

Items included:

Glitter and foil wrapping paper, glitter Christmas cards, non-paper gift wrapping and gift bags, tinsel, baubles, polystyrene, bubble wrap, plastic bags and film, Christmas crackers, ribbons and bows and food wrappers and packets.

The council has also opened 25 depots across the borough for residents looking to dispose of their live Christmas trees for free.

Residents are being asked to remove decorations before handing their trees in.

Anyone with a tree under 2m or made of plastic can throw it in with their regular waste by placing a yellow sticker on it, which can be ordered online.

If it’s over 2m then it will need to be collected via a bulky waste pick-up, which is being run at a discounted rate over the festive period.

You can check your bin collection date by entering your postcode into the council’s digital collection calendar.

Pictured top: Palace of Westminster (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/David Hunt)

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