Changes to collection days over Christmas

Refuse and recycling collections will change from Christmas Day and return to normal service on Monday, 11 January.

To help people dispose of real Christmas trees, a free collection service will be provided from 4 - 29 January. Trees will be collected on the same day as the refuse and recycling collection day. Tree trunks must not exceed 20cm in diameter and any trees taller than 6ft will need to be cut in two.

Alternatively, residents can recycle real Christmas trees at some of the borough’s parks and open spaces in January and February. A full list of these locations and the collection schedule is available on the council website.

Residents are also reminded to recycle any food that cannot be reused in their food bin as well as recycling as much festive related waste as possible.

The interactive website has been given a festive makeover to help make recycling easier this Christmas. It features a range of recyclable items in a virtual home, room by room.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment such as old or broken toasters, kettles, laptops, plugs, phones, computer parts and leads can also be recycled at one of the local recycling banks across the borough or at the re-use and recycling centres.  

The council's re-use and recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Normal opening hours (8am–4pm) apply on all other days. These centres are located at Stirling Road, Acton, and Greenford Road, Greenford.

Christmas collections

 Usual collection day Actual collection day  
Monday 21 December Monday 21 December
Tuesday 22 December Tuesday 22 December
Wednesday 23 December Wednesday 23 December
Thursday 24 December Thursday 24 December
Friday 25 December Monday 28 December
Monday 28 December Tuesday 29 December 
Tuesday 29 December  Wednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 December Thursday 31 December 
Thursday 31 December  Saturday 2 January 
Friday 1 January  Monday 4 January 
Monday 4 January  Tuesday 5 January 
Tuesday 5 January  Wednesday 6 January 
Wednesday 6 January Thursday 7 January 
Thursday 7 January  Friday 8 January 
Friday 8 January  Saturday 9 January 

More information about refuse and recycling services can be found at

People who wish to report a missed collection can do so at