Christmas unwrapped

Aylesbury Vale District Council is encouraging residents to make the most of their recycling bins and to be aware that during the festive period all households will be affected by revised waste collection dates.

Over the festive season, households generate around 30% more waste, so it is even more important to reduce, reuse and recycle, it says. As most of the extra waste created at Christmas can be recycled, the council will collect extra recycling if it is put into a clear bag or cardboard box and placed next to the recycling bin on collection day.

At a time when homes are likely to be overflowing with wrapping paper, boxes and empty bottles, residents can help reduce waste by filling their blue-lidded recycling bin with:

  • Christmas cards and crackers (without the snap);
  • Paper hats;
  • Non-glittery wrapping paper;
  • Chocolate boxes;
  • Gift packaging and all the usual recyclable items.

In addition, the council’s online Waste Wizard can be used to determine which items can be recycled:

Residents who have subscribed to the council’s garden waste collection service can put natural Christmas trees, wreaths, holly and mistletoe in their brown garden waste bin. However, they are asked to first remove any decorations and cut the tree down to smaller, manageable pieces.

Garden waste collections in Aylesbury Vale have now started again.

Residents who are not currently subscribed to the council’s garden waste collection service can still recycle their natural Christmas trees by taking them to a local recycling and waste centre. The locations and opening times of the centres can be found here:

The council’s revised bin collection dates can be viewed on the ‘Find Your Bin Day’ webpage or by downloading the AVDC Bin Collection app:

If there are any further changes to bin collection dates due to unforeseen circumstances – such as bad weather – these will be posted on AVDC’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

December 28, 2019