Changes for Christmas and New Year bin schedule

Date Published: 02 December 2020

Refuse and recycling bin collection days will change for everyone in North Kesteven over Christmas and New Year.

The district council has announced the following changes. In the main they are brought forward by one day, but please take note of the dates below:

  • Collections that would normally be made on Monday December 21 will now take place on Saturday December 19
  • Collections that would normally be made on Tuesday December 22 will now take place on Monday December 21
  • Collections that would normally be made on Wednesday December 23 will now take place on Tuesday December 22
  • Collections that would normally be made on Thursday December 24 will now take place on Wednesday December 23
  • Collections that would normally be made on Friday December 25 will now take place on Thursday December 24
  • Collections that would normally be made on Friday January 1 will now take place on Saturday January 2

There will be no changes for collections due to made on Monday December 28 (a bank holiday), Tuesday December 29, Wednesday December 30 or Thursday December 31.

Christmas banner bin lorry

On collection days it is important that bins are out by 7.30am as the authority will not come back for any bins that are presented late.

Normal collections will start again on January 4.

Christmas and New Year often introduces some unusual items for disposal so the Council has issued the following guide to what goes into which bin:

  • Bubble wrap: This material is not widely recycled so should be re-used for packaging or go into the black bin.
  • Christmas cards: As a general rule they should go into your green-lidded bin but any that have glitter or embellishments on them should go in the black bin. If you have a dedicated purple bin for paper and cardboard, use this for plain cards.
  • Christmas baubles and decorations: Black bin.
  • Christmas lights: Cannot go in any bin. They need to go to a waste recycling centre, which can be found in Sleaford or Lincoln. To book a slot go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk 
  • Christmas trees: Real trees can go into garden waste collections, chopped into small pieces. Otherwise they need to go to a recycling centre unless there are local collection schemes.
  • Wrapping paper: If the paper is not shiny or glittery it can be recycled so should go into the green-lidded bin or purple recycling bin. Shiny or glittery paper should go into the black bin. Scrunch it up; if it holds its scrunch it’s good to recycle but if it bounces back it’s good for black.

More information about what can and cannot be recycled can be found in the A-Z Recycling Guide.

If ever you lose track of your bin day see our find my bin day tool.

Christmas collections