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, December 22. However, all collections during the week beginning Monday, December 25, will be a day later than normal.
This means that anyone whose rubbish or recycling is due to be collected on Tuesday, December 26, for example, should put their bin out the following day, Wednesday, December 27.
Collections due to take place on Friday, 29 December will be carried out on Saturday, December 30.
Normal collections will resume on Tuesday January 2, 2018.
The last day for bulky waste and white goods collections will be Friday, December 22, with the service resuming on Tuesday, January 2. To book a collection online, visit www.durham.gov.uk/bulkywaste
The council will once again be offering a collection service for real Christmas trees. Bookings, for collection in the New Year, can be made by visiting www.durham.gov.uk or calling 03000 260 000 between Monday, December 18, and Sunday January 7.
Real Christmas trees can also be taken to any of the council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC). To check opening times, visit www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc
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 www.durham.gov.uk/householdpermit
If you require a waste permit for use over the Christmas and New Year period, you must apply before noon on Friday, December 15.
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 www.durham.gov.uk/whatgoeswhere
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 www.durham.gov.uk/reuse
To download a bin collection calendar, visit www.durham.gov.uk and enter your house number and postcode into the My Durham section.