Christmas bins and recycling

The Christmas period brings lots of fun and celebrations, but with that comes extra empty cardboard packaging and a few more bottles clinking into the recycling bin.

A reminder to everyone that bin collection days will change in Slough over the Christmas and New Year period. They will be emptied between two and four days later than normal between 26 December and 13 January, due to bank holidays. 

Residents are encouraged to recycle as much as they can over the holidays - the red bin is for cardboard, newspapers and magazines, drinks cans and food tins, glass jars and bottles and bottle shaped plastic only.  

We can accept Christmas cards without embellishments and wrapping paper, as long as there is no glitter and if it passes the scrunch test. This means if you can scrunch it and it stays in a ball without springing back, it can be recycled. If it doesn’t stay in a ball, it can’t be recycled.

If you have too much recycling or rubbish that won’t fit into your normal bin, it can be taken to Chalvey Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC), which will be open from 9am-5pm every day except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. 

The council cannot collect side waste, so please break down all boxes before putting them in the red bin. The council does offer a bulky waste collection service, for a fee. 

Councillor Mohammed Nazir, Cabinet member for transport and the local environment, said: “Residents have done a great job recycling throughout the year and we would like to see this continue. There can sometimes be an increase in flytipping over the festive period, however, there is no need to dump waste when the recycling centre will be open on most days.

“There is no charge to dump normal household waste, so I would encourage those who have too much for their home bins, to bring it to a household waste recycling site to dispose of it responsibly. 

“We hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and New Year with their friends and families.”

For those enrolled on the paid for garden waste scheme, they can dispose of their real Christmas trees in there, if they cut them up and ensure the bin lid shuts.

Anyone not enrolled can dispose of their tree, for free, at Chalvey HWRC. 

For the full list of Bank Holiday bin dates, visit the Bank Holiday bins page.

For more details on what can be recycled, visit the recycling page.

Published: 21 December 2022