Christmas and New Year waste collection changes

Release date: 12 October 2018

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 21 December.  The following week, the crews will NOT be working on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December.  They will also be on holiday on Tuesday 1 January 2019.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 21 January 2019. 

The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on four  Saturdays – 29 December, 5 January , 12 January and 19 January – to catch up.)   

Week commencing Monday 17 December 2018:

Mon 17 December 2018 – no change

Tues 18 December – no change

Weds 19 December – no change

Thurs 20 December – no change

Friday 21 December – no change

Monday 24 December – moves to Thursday 27 December

Tuesday 25 December – moves to Friday 28 December

Wednesday 26 December – moves to Saturday 29 December

Thursday 27 December – moves to Monday 31 December

Friday 28 December – moves to Wednesday 2 January 2019

Monday 31 December – moves to Thursday 3 January

Tuesday 1 January 2019 – moves to Friday 4 January

Wednesday 2 January – moves to Saturday 5 January

Thursday 3 January – moves to Monday 7 January

Friday 4 January – moves to Tuesday 8 January

Monday 7 January – moves to Wednesday 9 January

Tuesday 8 January – moves to Thursday 10 January

Wednesday 9 January – moves to Friday 11 January

Thursday 10 January – moves to Saturday 12 January

Friday 11 January – moves to Monday 14 January

Monday 14 January – moves to Tuesday 15 January

Tuesday 15 January – moves to Wednesday 16 January

Wednesday 16 January – moves to Thursday 17 January

Thursday 17 January – moves to Friday 18 January

Friday 18 January – moves to Saturday 19 January

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019.

Please also note that Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas for recycling up until 13 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Commenting on the arrangements, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“As always, we try to minimise disruption to the schedules over the Christmas and New Year holidays while providing the crews with a reasonable break.  Residents are now familiar with our revised schedules during the festive period and they have always responded favourably in the knowledge that everything gets back to normal within a few weeks."

She continued:

“We anticipate that households will accumulate larger amounts of waste during Christmas and New Year.  I would urge everyone to recycle as much as possible and to make the most of our kerbside recycling services, and recycling facilities across the district. Many large gifts use cardboard packaging and it is worth emphasising that the Ubico crews will only collect folded cardboard at the kerbside.  We also encourage everyone to recycle all the extra bottles that seem to accumulate over the festive season.

“For those who like to clear things away very quickly, please note that Household Recycling Centres will be open on most days during the holiday period.  However, please note that both Household Recycling Centres in Cotswold District now close for one day during the week  (Fosse Cross on Tuesdays and Pyke Quarry on Wednesdays). Both will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The new winter opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For more details see

“North Cotswold district residents should note that we have an agreement permitting the use of the Shipston on Stour recycling centre in Warwickshire. For more information and opening times for that site, please visit Shipston on Stour recycling centre.

“Additionally don’t forget that there are many excellent recipes for leftovers on the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website.  It’s also encouraging to hear about the growing popularity of recyclable wrapping paper rather than the metallic – and expensive – option which is not recyclable.

“While we hope to see a big upturn in recycling figures during this period, we realise that there is still going to be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time.  For this reason, we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day; residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7 am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”

For queries and further information about the Christmas collections and general information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.


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