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Bin collection changes over Christmas and New Year

Residents are being reminded that dates are changing for some bin collections over the festive period, to ensure all household waste can still be picked up from grey and green bins across the borough.

This year only residents who have their bin collected on a Friday are affected.

  • Bins scheduled for collection on Friday 25 December will be collected on Sunday 27 December

  • Bins scheduled for collection on Friday 1 January will be collected on Saturday 2 January

Bins should be put out for collection by 7am on the new collection day, as usual.

All other collections (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) will be collected as normal and there is no need for residents to do anything differently.

Bin collection days can be checked online on the council’s website.

Over the last year, with the impact of COVID-19 and the changes to our lifestyles, waste collection crews have collected an additional 13% of waste from green bins, 16% more recycling waste and 40% more waste from litter bins and street cleansing.

This means that in 2020 so far, due to spending more time at home and an increase in home deliveries, 54,000 tonnes of general rubbish, 20,700 tonnes of recycling and 5,700 tonnes of waste (from street cleansing) have been collected.

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee at Wirral Council, said: “It’s important residents are aware of the changes in dates, so they don’t miss a collection at this busy time. We’ve seen an increase in demand for our waste services as our lifestyles have been altered this year – more time at home or enjoying the outdoors – but I’m pleased to see recycling rates have gone up, too.

“We naturally find ourselves with more waste over Christmas so anything we can do to reduce, re-use and recycle our rubbish is vital. Every little counts, from removing sticky tape from wrapping paper so it can be recycled to turning leftover turkey into a curry or a soup, it all helps to stop waste going to landfill while saving us all money at home too.”

Visit the council’s website for more information about what can be recycled in the grey bin.

All recycling centres/tips in Wirral will be open as normal every day over the festive period excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. For more information, visit the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority website.

Residents who also use the garden waste collection service are reminded that the service shut down on 14 December for its annual break over Christmas and New Year until 11 January 2021. For those with a real Christmas tree, once taken down and decorations stored safely for next year, the tree can be chopped up and put in the brown bin ready for the first collection of 2021.