Festive bin collections changes for Sunderland

Recycling bins in Sunderland.
Recycling bins in Sunderland.
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Council bosses have revealed changes to bin collections across Sunderland over Christmas and New Year.

Services will remain the same until Christmas Day, and all residents will receive a tag on their bins detailing the changed collection dates.

Collections due on Christmas Day will take place on Tuesday, December 29; Tuesday collections will move to Wednesday and Wednesday collections will move to Thursday - New Year's Eve.

Thursday collections will move to Monday, January 4, and those due on Friday - New Year's Day - to Tuesday, January 5.

Collections the rest of that week - Tuesday to Friday, January 5-8, will all be moved back 24 hours, and collections will return to normal on Tuesday, January 12.

Households are being urged to recycle as juch as psosible over the festive period.

Coun Michael Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services at Sunderland City Council, said: “Our residents are fantastic at recycling but there’s always more that can be done. There’s a huge amount of additional waste at this time of year, and you can recycle many of the items which we’ll be seeing plenty of over the coming weeks.”

Nearly all food and drink packaging, tins, cans, bottles and jars can be recycled in your blue recycling bin, as well as aerosols and flattened cardboard boxes.

Christmas cards made from card only, without glitter or foil on, can be recycled in the main body of the blue bin. Cards with glitter or foil on can’t be recycled.

Newspapers, magazines, envelopes and junk mail can be put into the black caddy within your blue bin for recycling.

Please note, wrapping paper currently cannot be recycled

Christmas trees can be recycled at Household Waste Reception and Recycling Centres during normal opening hours.

Anyone unable to get their tree to a recycling centre residents could book a bulky waste collection. There is a £15 charge for this, but as it covers up to eight items, so residents in the same street could join together to have eight trees collected from one location for one charge.

Extra recycling can be taken to one of the Household Waste Reception and Recycling Centres, at Beach Street in Deptford (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) or Campground in Wrekenton (only closed Christmas Day)

For information on the revised collection days go to www.sunderland.gov.uk/christmas-bindays

For more information on what can and can’t be recycled go to www.sunderland.gov.uk/christmas-recycling

To book a bulky collection online go www.sunderland.gov.uk/bulky-waste or call 0191 520 5550

For more information on the Household Waste Reception and Recycling Centres go to www.sunderland.gov.uk/household-waste-centres