Christmas and New Year changes to recycling and waste collections

Recycling and waste crews will be hard at work over the festive period, but public holidays mean there will be some changes to the normal collection calendar in St Helens Borough.

Crews will not be operating on the public holidays of Monday 27 December, Tuesday 28 December and Monday 3 January but will be working on the following three Saturdays.

The easiest way to check your collection dates over the festive period is to enter your postcode online at

The bulky rubbish service is also operating extra hours in the run up to the festive period, when many households choose to get rid of unwanted items. Many charities also accept large items including furniture, with some even offering collection services, so consider donating unwanted items in good condition.

Normally operating over three weekdays, the bulky rubbish service will increase to five days Monday-Friday. Find out which items can be taken and book your collection at

Recycling and waste collections will run as normal up to and including Friday 24 December when the seasonal collection calendar will come into effect as follows:

Normal collection day – will be collected on

Monday 27 December – Wednesday 29 December
Tuesday 28 December – Thursday 30 December
Wednesday 29 December – Friday 31 December
Thursday 30 December – Tuesday 4 January
Friday 31 December – Wednesday 5 January

Monday 3 January – Thursday 6 January
Tuesday 4 January – Friday 7 January
Wednesday 5 January – Saturday 8 January
Thursday 6 January – Monday 10 January
Friday 7 January – Tuesday 11 January

Monday 10 January – Wednesday 12 January
Tuesday 11 January – Thursday 13 January
Wednesday 12 January – Friday 14 January
Thursday 13 January – Saturday 15 January
Friday 14 January – Monday 17 January

Monday 17 January – Tuesday 18 January
Tuesday 18 January – Wednesday 19 January
Wednesday 19 January – Thursday 20 January
Thursday 20 January – Friday 21 January
Friday 21 January – Saturday 22 January

Collections will then resume as normal from Monday 24 January.

Please have your recycling and waste out for collection from 6:30am. Excess cardboard often generated over the festive period can be stacked neatly for collection. If additional recycling is to be presented, residents are asked to keep materials separated (cardboard, glass, paper, plastics, cans), and not to put it out in tied black bin bags.

Remember to wash, squash and leave the lids off plastic bottles and containers to save space in your pink collection bag and on the collection vehicles.

Residents are advised that due to the increase in recycling tonnage over Christmas and New Year some recycling collections may be done via a normal rear-loading bin wagon, with comingled recyclables always sent on for sorting. In this event food waste will be collected separately.


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