Christmas Recycling

Christmas and New Year bin collection dates

Your adjusted collection dates are listed below, but don't forget you can always use our When is my bin collected form at anytime.

Collection Due Will be collected on
Tue 25 Dec 18 Thu 27 Dec 18
Wed 26 Dec 18 Fri 28 Dec 18
Thu 27 Dec 18 Sat 29 Dec 18
Fri 28 Dec 18 Mon 31 Dec 18
Mon 31 Dec 18 Wed 2 Jan 19
Tue 1 Jan 19 Thu 3 Jan 19
Wed 2 Jan 19 Fri 4 Jan 19
Thu 3 Jan 19 Sat 5 Jan 19
Fri 4 Jan 19 Mon 7 Jan 19
Mon 7 Jan 19 Tue 8 Jan 19
Tue 8 Jan 19 Wed 9 Jan 19
Wed 9 Jan 19 Thu 10 Jan 19
Thu 10 Jan 19 Fri 11 Jan 19
Fri 11 Jan 19 Sat 12 Jan 19
Mon 14 Jan 19 Back to normal

What you can put in your green bin

We will take the following items in your green bin (remember you don't need to wash things out, just please make sure its all empty)

  • paper/cardboard
  • tins/cans/foil
  • plastic bottles with lids
  • plastic tubs/pots/trays/film/wrap

Garden Waste (brown bins)

Garden collections end on 14 Dec 2018 and begin again from 28 Jan 2019. Remember: all collections take place during green bin week. Check your dates:

Christmas trees

Garden Waste customers can put their real Christmas trees out (with their brown bin or ECC garden sacks, if required) for a one-off collection on their first scheduled collection of the year. See for details of collections in your area. The 2019 brown bin collections start on 28 Jan.

We would encourage everyone else to take their tree/s to the recycling centres on Exton Road (Marsh Barton) and Pinbrook Road (off Pinhoe Road, near Pinhoe Aldi). See

Please note: we won’t be collecting trees with grey bins.

If you live in the postcode areas EX1 - EX4, you can register with Just Helping who will collect and recycle real Christmas trees and raise money for hospices and other local charities. Register to have your Christmas tree collected by Just Helping on their website:


We have over 60 glass banks around Exeter and they are always hungry for glass. They have a real feast over Christmas – indulge them.

Find your nearest recycling bank:

Wrapping paper

We are unable to take wrapping paper in the green bin. Our paper mill doesn’t like it, because it doesn’t produce good pulp (its fibres are too short and it tends to just turn into a sludge). They will reject any bales they find wrapping paper in, which will mean us losing out on revenue for public services.

You could consider wrapping your presents in newspaper (that famous pink one about money matters would be good) or old maps and calendars. Or you could try using cloth – perhaps that old shirt you regretted buying. Two gifts in one!

Christmas cards

To ensure our card matches the highest quality demanded for export we are unable to take Christmas cards. They too are poor-quality but there is also the problem of glitter, which many cards are dusted with and which is classed as a contaminant, being either plastic or metal.

Cold weather and snow

If it snows, visit to check whether collections in your street are affected. This page will also offer you collection advice should we be unable to attend your property.  If waste collections are disrupted for a whole day or longer, we may ask you to hold on to your rubbish or recycling until your next scheduled collection day, but we will take the extra waste.

You can also access this page through (or by selecting ‘Bins and recycling’ from the front page of the website) and looking under ‘Special collections’.

Commercial (trade) waste collections

Commercial waste customers will have a slightly adjusted collection timetable over the festive and New Year period. Please see this trade waste collections page for more details.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 24 December 2018