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Christmas and New Year rubbish and recycling

Information about recycling and rubbish over Christmas and New Year including collection day changes and Christmas tree recycling

Christmas recycling and rubbish collection dates 2017-18

Please note: The information below does not relate to Bournemouth and Poole.

Over Christmas and New Year, your usual rubbish, recycling and food waste collection days will be different. Check the table below for your revised collection days:

Usual collection dayRevised collection day
Friday 22 DecemberNo change
Monday 25 DecemberWednesday 27 December
Tuesday 26 DecemberThursday 28 December
Wednesday 27 DecemberFriday 29 December
Thursday 28 DecemberSaturday 30 December
Friday 29 DecemberTuesday 2 January
Monday 1 JanuaryWednesday 3 January
Tuesday 2 JanuaryThursday 4 January
Wednesday 3 JanuaryFriday 5 January
Thursday 4 JanuarySaturday 6 January
Friday 5 JanuaryMonday 8 January
Monday 8 JanuaryTuesday 9 January
Tuesday 9 JanuaryWednesday 10 January
Wednesday 10 JanuaryThursday 11 January
Thursday 11 JanuaryFriday 12 January
Friday 12 JanuarySaturday 13 January
Monday 15 JanuaryNo change


You can check your next collection dates and download your calendar online.

Extra rubbish and recycling?

  • we will collect up to two extra sacks of rubbish beside your bin on your first rubbish collection after Boxing Day
  • we will collect extra recycling that won't fit in your bin if placed in your own boxes, with glass kept in a separate box
  • household recycling centres are open from 10am to 4pm daily, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Garden waste collections over Christmas and New Year

The fortnightly garden waste collection service is suspended over the Christmas and New Year period, from Monday 25 December to Sunday 7 January. Check your calendar for your first garden waste collection in January.

Recycle more this Christmas

Most of us produce extra waste over the festive period.  Using the Recycle for Dorset service, you can recycle the following:

Brown food bin

  • cooked and uncooked food waste

Recycling bin (or boxes if you don't use bins)

  • wrapping paper (not foil based)
  • Christmas cards
  • cardboard
  • tins and cans
  • plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

Box for glass

  • glass bottles and jars (leave metal screw tops on bottles)

Battery bag

  • household batteries

Check what you can recycle using the Recycle for Dorset collection service.

Recycling your real Christmas tree

The Dorset Waste Partnership no longer collects real Christmas trees at the kerbside.

If you buy a real Christmas tree there are various options for what to do once you've finished with it and removed all its decorations:

  • if you have a garden waste collection, you can cut your real tree into small pieces and put it in your garden waste bin
  • real Christmas trees can be taken to your local household recycling centre and placed in the garden waste container for composting, free of charge
  • alternatively, you may be able to book a Christmas tree collection with a Dorset-based charity:-
Charity nameChristmas trees collected fromDatesLink to book collection
Diverse AbilitiesBlandford, Bournemouth, Poole, Broadstone, Wimborne, Ferndown, Christchurch, Verwood and Charlton Marshall

Saturday 6 January

Sunday 7 January
Weldmar HospicecareWeymouth and within 5 miles, Dorchester and within 5 miles

Saturday 6 January

Sunday 7 January


Collection slots for the above are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Residents are also being asked to consider more eco-friendly options such as home composting, or buying a rooted tree that can be kept in the garden until next year.

Artificial Christmas trees will also not be collected by the DWP. If you can't keep it to use again, please take your tree to your local household recycling centre.

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