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Changes to bin collections over festive period

Normal waste and recycling collections will change slightly during Christmas week

Bins in snow

Week commencing 18 December - all collections will take place as normal

Week commencing 25 December - All collections will be one day late.

Usual Tuesday 26 December       Revised Wednesday 27 December

Usual Wednesday 27 December  Revised Thursday 28 December

Usual Thursday 28 December      Revised Friday 29 December

Usual Friday 29 December          Revised Saturday 30 December

Week commencing 1 January - all collections will return to normal.

Sunderland residents are also urged to recycle all they can over the festive period.

Councillor 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. We're approaching the festive season, when most families generate more rubbish, but if you put it in the right bin, everything should fit in.

We're seeing a lot of contamination issues with incorrect materials in blue bins, which reduces the efficiency of the whole service. We're urging residents not to put any food waste, plastic bags, batteries, wrapping paper or polystyrene into their blue bins. If you're not sure about what can and can't go in, check the website or leave it out."

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

Wrapping paper cannot currently be recycled.

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

If you can't get your tree to a recycling centre, booking a bulky waste collection is an option. There is a £17.50 charge for this, but as it covers up to eight items, residents in the same street could join together to have eight trees collected from one location for one charge.

If you have extra recycling, please take your items along to one of the Household Waste Reception and Recycling Centres, at Beach Street in Deptford or Campground in Wrekenton (only closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day)

For information on the revised collection days click here  

For more information on what can and can't be recycled click here

To book a bulky collection online click here

For more information on the Household Waste Reception and Recycling Centres click here

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