Christmas Household Collections

There will be some changes to the household rubbish, food and recycling collection services over the Christmas period

Rubbish, food and recycling

There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Monday 25 December or Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December.

Catch up collections will take place from Wednesday 27 December to Saturday 6 January (not Sundays).

Here's when your collections will be:

If your collection would usually fall between Monday 25 and Friday, 29 December 

Collections will be two days later than usual except where that falls on a Sunday. 

  • If your normal collection day is a Monday, it will be collected on the Wednesday.
  • If your normal collection day is a Thursday it will be collected on the Saturday.
  • If your normal collection day is a Friday, it will be collected on Monday 1 January.

If your collection would usually fall between Monday 1 January and Friday, 5 January

  • Collections will be one day later than usual.
Summary of Christmas collections
 Usual Collection Day Christmas Collection Day
Monday 25 December  Wednesday 27 December 
Tuesday 26 December  Thursday 28 December 
Wednesday 27 December  Friday 29 December 
Thursday 28 December  Saturday 30 December 
Friday 29 December   Monday 1 January 
Monday 1 January   Tuesday 2 January 
Tuesday 2 January  Wednesday 3 January 
Wednesday 3 January  Thursday 4 January 
 Thursday 4 January Friday 5 January 
 Friday 5 January Saturday 6 January 

Collection dates will return to normal as of Monday 8 January.

Extra Recycling? We will collect it

If you have extra recycling this Christmas, put it out on your next recycling collection day in a cardboard box or use our clear recycling bags, which are available from Bournemouth Libraries from 1 December.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees can be taken to Millhams Community Recycling Centre or Wilverley Road, Christchurch. If you live in the BH3, BH4, BH6, BH7 or BH8 areas, you could have your tree collected by local charity Diverse Abilities, who are collecting Christmas trees for a £5 minimum donation. Book your collection on their website