203There will be changes to some bin collections over the festive period in County Durham.

The changes, during Christmas and New Year weeks only, affect rubbish and recycling bins which are normally emptied on a Friday.

Collections which would have been due on Friday 25 December will instead take place on Monday 28 December.

And collections due on Friday 1 January will be carried out on Monday 4 January.

All other collections, including those due on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, will not be affected.

Normal collections will resume on Tuesday 5 January.

Residents are also advised that Durham County Council’s bulky waste collection service will not operate between Monday 21 December and Monday 4 January.

People can arrange to have their real Christmas tree collected free of charge by contacting the council on 03000 261 000 before Friday 8 January.

People can check their bin collection dates by entering their postcode on the My Durham section of the council’s website – www.durham.gov.uk