Festive refuse and recycling in County Durham
Residents in County Durham are being reminded of changes to refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas period.
Bins will be emptied as normal up to and including Friday, 22 December. However, all collections during the week beginning Monday, 25 December will be a day later than normal.
This means that anyone whose rubbish or recycling is due to be collected on Tuesday, 26 December, for example, should put their bin out the following day, Wednesday, 27 December.
Collections due to take place on Friday, 29 December will be carried out on Saturday, 30 December.
Normal collections will resume on Tuesday, 2 January, 2018.
Christmas tree recycling
The last day for bulky waste and white goods collections will be Friday, 22 December, with the service resuming on Tuesday, 2 January. To book a collection online, visit Large items (bulky waste) collections
We will once again be offering a collection service for real Christmas trees. Bookings, for collection in the New Year, can be made using our real Christmas tree removal form or calling 03000 260 000 between Monday, 18 December and Sunday, 7 January.
Real Christmas trees can also be taken to any of our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC). To check opening times, visit Recycling centres (tips)
Anyone visiting a HWRC in a van, pick-up, mini-bus or towing a trailer will need to apply for a permit in advance by calling 03000 260 000 or visiting Garden and mixed waste permits
If you require a waste permit for use over the Christmas and New Year period, you must apply before 12 noon on Wednesday 20 December. Permits applied for by this deadline will either be sent by post or can be collected up until 4.00pm on Friday 22 December. Permits applied for after the deadline will not be processed until the new year.
Bin it Right
Residents are also reminded to Bin it Right in order to reduce recycling contamination. Check which items should be placed in which bin by visiting What goes in which bin?
And if you're getting new furniture in time for Christmas or buying electrical appliances in the sales, remember to dispose of old items responsibly.
Don't leave them in your yard, garden or street for a 'man with a van' to collect as they may end up being flytipped.
Items can be taken to any HWRC or donated to charity. Details of furniture reuse charities can be found at Reusing furniture and household items
Hett Hills HWRC
The HWRC at Hett Hills will be open over the festive period beyond its usual weekend only arrangements, in order to ease congestion at the Annfield Plain and Potterhouse Lane sites.
The centre, on the B6313 at Chester-le-Street, will be open from 9am to 3.30pm from Saturday, 23 December to Sunday, 31 December, except Christmas Day, when it will be closed.
It will return to its usual arrangements, 9am to 3.30pm at weekends, from Saturday, 6 January 2018.
Dispose of waste responsibly
Cllr Brian Stephens, our Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: "The Christmas and New Year period is a busy one for everybody, but it's important that we take time to ensure that we dispose of our rubbish and recycling responsibly.
"Information on all of our waste and recycling services is available on our website, where residents can also book bulky waste and real Christmas tree collections, order a permit and check their rubbish and recycling collection days."
To download a bin collection calendar, enter your house number and postcode into the My Durham section of our website.