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Christmas waste collection dates


Hackney Council is asking residents to do all they can to reduce waste and maximise recycling during the holiday season and get to know their waste collection dates and recycling options.

Hackney Council won’t be providing waste and recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. This means during the Christmas week, residents with their normal collection on Monday and Tuesday will have their collection a day earlier and for the rest of the borough it will be one day late. During the New Year week, all collections except New Year’s Eve will be one day later than normal.

Real Christmas trees can recycled and turned into compost. If you live in a street level property you can have it collected from your home between 2-11 January, on your rubbish and recycling day. Put your tree (without any decorations) at the front boundary of your property by 7am. If you live in a block or estate, leave it next to your communal bins (not inside them), making sure you do not block access to the bins.

Residents can also take their real Christmas trees to Millfields Depot, Millfields Road, E5 0AR from 8am-3pm Mondays-Fridays or 8am-12pm on Saturdays before 31 January.Normal garden waste collections will be suspended for this period, with the standard service resuming on 14 January.

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability, & Community Services
Working around the clock, our waste and recycling crews complete over 8 million collections a year. It is thanks to them that the service continues over the busy festive period. I would like to say a huge thanks on behalf of the Mayor, Cabinet, and Council to the waste service’s 324 operatives for their hard work throughout the year, and especially over Christmas and the New Year when they will be collecting and cleaning over 5,000 tonnes of rubbish and recyclable waste.

“Christmas is a time for giving, but it also produces a phenomenal amount of waste. In the U.K alone, more than 300,000 tonnes of card packaging is thrown away over the festive period. Christmas waste places a huge strain on natural resources, drives deforestation, plastic pollution, and global warming, and represents an additional financial pressure for local councils. This year, I am encouraging Hackney’s residents to reduce their waste over the Christmas period and recycle as much as possible, which will make the lives of our collection crews easier and reduce our environmental impact in a world of dwindling resources.

“If you’d like to find out more about how you can reduce the stress of Christmas waste and enjoy a more environmentally friendly holiday by shopping locally and refusing excess packaging, take a look at this handy guide from the North London Waste Authority.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability, & Community Services