Oldham Council is informing residents that some bin collection dates will change over the Christmas period.
Update: Due to issues caused by bad weather we are aware that some residents on the country round who should have received a a waste collection on Monday 11 December haven't. If you have been affected please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 770 6644 to discuss further.
This year there will be no bin collections on Christmas Day (Monday, December 25).
Instead put out the bin that would have been due to be collected on that day - plus your green bin/food caddy - on Saturday, December 30.
There will also be no bin collections on Boxing Day (Tuesday, December 26).
If that is your usual collection day then this year there will be an earlier collection for you on Saturday, December 23. Remember to also put out your green bin/food caddy.
There will be no bin collections on Monday, January 1 (New Year’s Day).
If your collection date should have been on New Year’s Day put out the bin that would have been due on this date, plus your green bin/food caddy, on Saturday, January 6.
Your green bin/food caddy will also be collected as normal on Monday, January 8.
If you are unsure which bin would have been due, please check your collection calendar or use the online post code checker at www.oldham.gov.uk/waste
If your collection day doesn’t fall on any of the above dates then simply put your bins out as usual.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “Due to the way Christmas falls this year we’ve had to make a few changes to bin collection dates, so we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible.
“Over the coming weeks we’ll be delivering leaflets to households in the areas affected and we’ll also be sending out reminders via our social media channels.
“Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the arrangements so you know when to put your bins out for collection.”
After the festive period you can help dispose of your Christmas tree in a number of ways.
You can put it in your green bin – just chop it into small pieces, remove the wooden block from the base of the tree as this is too big to be composted and take off any lights and decorations.
Alternatively, take it to your local tip or to one of the following recycling ‘drop off’ points from December 28 until January 17:
• Higher Memorial Park (car park), Joseph Street, Failsworth (open dawn until dusk)
• Royton Park (car park) off Bleasdale Street, Royton. Anytime access
• Werneth Park (car park) off Frederick Street, Werneth (open dawn until dusk)
• Churchill Playing Fields (car park), Wellington Road, Greenfield. Anytime access.
You can also help Dr Kershaw’s Hospice as volunteers will be collecting trees over the weekend of the 13 and 14 January as a donation to the hospice. Just register online at www.xmastreecollection.com or call them on 0161 624 9984.
All your Christmas cards, wrapping paper and cardboard packaging can be recycled using your blue bins or recycling bags.
If you have things that are too big to fit in your bin, you can:
• Take them to Arkwright Street Waste and Recycling Centre, Oldham, OL9 9LZ - for free. Or to find your nearest tip, visit www.recycle4greatermanchester.com
• Arrange for them to be collected by us. It is just £18.20 for your first three items and £8.20 for each additional item. To book a collection call us on 0161 770 6644.
Visit www.oldham.gov.uk for more ideas about where you can donate, swap or sell them.
All additional rubbish or recycling over Christmas can also be taken to Arkwright Street Waste and Recycling Centre.
Cllr Brownridge added: “Recycling rates are up in Oldham thanks to the efforts of residents.
“If we all do our bit then we can raise this even higher and save money on disposal costs at the same time.”