Refuse and Recycling Collection over Christmas period

Solihull Council has confirmed arrangements for waste and recycling collections during the Christmas and New Year period.

The waste collection schedule will be as follows:

Monday 22 December – Normal collection
Tuesday 23 December – Normal collection
Wednesday 24 December – Normal collection
Thursday 25 December – No collection (Waste will be collected on Saturday 27 December)
Friday 26 December – No collection (Extra waste will be collected on Friday 2 January 2015)
Monday 29 December – Normal collection
Tuesday 30 December – Normal collection
Wednesday 31 December – Normal collection
Thursday 1 January 2015 – No collection (Extra waste will be collected on Thursday 8 January 2015)
Friday 2 January 2015 – Normal collection

For more details and information on recycling collections please visit the Council website at

Residents are reminded to make the most of their recycling service during the festive period. The Council will take additional recycling that is placed at the side of their other recycling – the old recycling boxes and jute bags are ideal for this. Extra recycling that is placed in plastic bags or carrier bags will not be collected as these cannot be recycled.

If after recycling residents have additional rubbish over the Christmas holidays, the Council will collect additional bagged rubbish between Monday 29 December 2014 and Friday 9 January 2015. Residents should place any extra rubbish in bin bags and leave them tied and next to their black wheelie bin or purple sacks.

Normal collections will resume from Monday 12 January 2015 and any extra rubbish will not be collected after this date.

The Council is also reminding residents that they can recycle corrugated cardboard as part of their normal collections. This simply needs to be broken or folded down to fit in the brown wheelie bin and any polystyrene and/or plastic wrapping should be removed. Christmas cards can also be recycled.

The Council will also collect real Christmas trees with household rubbish until Friday 16 January 2015. All decorations and pots should be removed and any large trees (6ft or more) should be broken in half. Alternatively, residents can recycle their trees at Bickenhill Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC).

Opening hours for the HWRC during the festive period have also been confirmed. The affected days are as follows:

Wednesday 24 December 2014 – early closing at 2.30pm
Thursday 25 December 2014 – site closed
Friday 26 December 2014 – site closed
Wednesday 31 December 2014 – early closing at 2.30pm
Thursday 1 January 2015 – site closed

Councillor Robert Hulland, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, said: “I want to wish all Solihull residents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We introduced the new recycling service to the borough in 2014 and residents have done us proud in adapting to the changes. I encourage all residents to make a resolution for 2015 and continue the excellent recycling so that we can increase our recycling rate even more.”

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