When will the bins be emptied over Christmas by Wiltshire Council?

When will the bins be emptied over Christmas by Wiltshire Council?

Published at 6:05am 17th December 2018.

Here's all you need to know about when our rubbish will be picked up over the festive season.

The timetables for waste collections will alter slightly for Christmas and New Year.

There are also some changes to the opening times for our household recycling centres.


No Wiltshire Council household waste or recycling collections on Christmas Day (December 25th), Boxing Day (December 26th) and New Year's Day (January 1st). 

There will be catch up collections on Saturday 29th December, Saturday 5th January and Saturday 12th January.

Here's the full details - click on the photo to expand it: 

Bin Collections Christmas 2018 Wiltshire Council

You can check your revised waste and recycling collection dates and print off your waste calendar on the Wiltshire Council website.


Wiltshire Council's given us some tips on recycling over the festive season:

  • Please put your bins out at 7.00am on your collection days 
  • If you receive new electrical items for Christmas, please recycle your old ones at your local Household Recycling Centre 
  • You will no doubt need batteries this Christmas, please don't put old batteries in the bin as they can cause fires in the collection vehicles and at the waste treatment plant. These can be recycled at most shops that sell them and your local Household Recycling Centre
  • If you have too many glass bottles for your black box, simply leave the extras ones in a carrier bag next to it the box on your next collection day
  • Want to recycling your Christmas jumper? Don't forget you can put that, and other textiles, in a carrier bag in your black box
  • When it's time to take the Christmas cards down, these can be recycled in your blue lidded bin providing they are not shiny or glittery. 
  • Don't want to waste any food this Christmas? Wiltshire Council subsidises food waste composters that can take all food waste
  • If you can scrunch your used wrapping paper up and it doesn't bounce back then this can be recycled in your blue lidded bin. Foil wrapping paper cannot be recycled


All of Wiltshire Council's household recycling centres (HRC) will close at 1.00pm on Christmas Eve (Monday December 24th).

They'll also be shut on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Household Recycling Centre - Churchfields Salisbury - rubbish tip dump - waste (Mike Draper)   (4)
Salisbury's Household Recycling Centre on Churchfields

Opening days at the dumps in Salisbury and Amesbury will be as normal at all other times:

  • Salisbury HRC - open Saturday 29th December, Sunday 30th December, Monday 31st December and Wednesday 2nd January 2019
  • Amesbury HRC - open Thursday 27th December, Friday 28th December, Saturday 30th December, Monday 31st December.

The centres are open between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

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