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Changes to rubbish and recycling collections over Christmas

There will be some changes to rubbish, recycling and garden waste collections over the Christmas period.

No collections will take place on Boxing Day (Monday, 26 December).

If your rubbish is due to be collected on Boxing Day, it will be collected on Monday, 2 January. If your recycling or garden waste is due to be collected on Boxing Day, it will be collected on Saturday, 31 December.

All other collections will remain as normal, including collections on the bank holidays of Tuesday, 27 December and Monday, 2 January.

Christmas rubbish and recycling collections

This year, in line with most other local authorities, Cornwall Council will only collect real Christmas trees from households that have subscribed to the garden waste collection service.

You can compost your tree at home or take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre for composting. If you do this, Cornwall Council advises that you use the opportunity to take other items to avoid multiple trips.

Most of us produce more waste than usual over the Christmas period but many of those extra items can be recycled, including plastic sweet tubs, plastic advent calendar trays, tins, glass bottles and carboard boxes.

Christmas cards, envelopes and wrapping paper without foil or glitter can also be recycled. Please remove decorations like ribbon, foil, glitter, plastic film, tinsel and bubble wrap.

To see what items go in each recycling bag or box, see the Cornwall Council website.

Do not put batteries with your rubbish or recycling. They can start fires when crushed in rubbish lorries or at waste transfer stations.

You can take batteries (including button batteries and battery packs) to be recycled at your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre or many local supermarkets. Go to to find out where you can recycle batteries locally.

Cornwall’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres will be open 9am to 4pm throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. To find your nearest centre, see the Cornwall Council website.

Press release issued on December 22, 2022

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