sccNormal waste and recycling collections will change over Christmas and New Year.

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

The Christmas and New Year collection schedule after that is as below, with usual and revised collection dates:

Usual Friday 25 December Revised Tuesday 29 December
Usual Tuesday 29 December Revised Wednesday 30 December
Usual Wednesday 30 December Revised Thursday 31 December
Usual Thursday 31 December Revised Monday 4 January 2016
Usual Friday 1 January 2016 Revised Tuesday 5 January
Usual Tuesday 5 January Revised Wednesday 6 January
Usual Wednesday 6 January Revised Thursday 7 January
Usual Thursday 7 January Revised Friday 8 January
Usual Friday 8 January Revised Saturday 9 January

Collections will return to normal on Tuesday 12 January.

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. 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.
If you can’t get your 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, 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 (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 towww.sunderland.gov.uk/household-waste-centres

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