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Refuse collections revised to give Stoke-on-Trent City Council bin men a Christmas break.

Published: Thursday, 8th December 2022

Residents will receive normal collections up to and including Friday 23 December. Collections will not start again until Monday 2 January 2023.

Refuse collections revised to give Stoke-on-Trent City Council bin men a Christmas break.

Residents will receive normal collections up to and including Friday 23 December. Collections will not start again until Monday 2 January 2023.

Given that there is likely to be extra waste generated over the Christmas break, residents can leave up to two additional black domestic sacks of household waste with their grey bin, and one additional box of mixed recycling with their blue bin, which will be collected when the service resumes in January.

To find out which bin will be collected from Monday 2 January, please visit https://www.stoke.gov.uk/homepage/121/bin_day_calendar_view

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for housing and environment said: “Our bin men do a fantastic job – walking on average 15 miles per day in all sorts of weather. We think they deserve some time off at Christmas to spend with their family and recharge their batteries. They’ve worked through all types of weather this year, including the extremely hot weather, they have emptied 60,000 tonnes of waste so far this year, which is once again an increase compared to the same time last year. Our Hanford tip will be open from Wednesday 28 December until New Year’s Eve and Burslem tip will open from Friday 30 December until Saturday 31 December, for those residents who want to dispose of their rubbish before we start collecting again – opening times can be found at stoke.gov.uk/waste.”

Residents are reminded that many Christmas-related products can be recycled - most cards are paper-based and can be recycled in the blue wheeled bins (no glitter please) along with cardboard boxes. But due to the makeup of wrapping paper and the amount of sticky tape and embellishments that cause problems at recycling plants, residents are asked to dispose of wrapping paper in their grey bin. Real Christmas trees can be recycled at the tips. 

Deliveries for replacement wheeled bins will be paused from 23 December 2022 and will resume from 2 January 2023, while brown bin waste collections will start again on 3 April 2023.