Rubbish and recycling Christmas services for residents

1. Residential Christmas collection changes

Christmas Day

There will be no rubbish or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018.


  • We are providing a special catch up recycling collection on Saturday 29 December.
  • We will be collecting your rubbish as normal on Friday 28 December.

Boxing Day

We will collect your recycling and rubbish as normal on Wednesday 26 December 2018.

New Year’s Day

  • We will collect your recycling as normal on Tuesday 1 January 2019.
  • Depending on your street, we may not collect your rubbish on Tuesday 1 January 2019.

If your street is not on this list and your collection is usually on a Tuesday, your rubbish will be collected as normal on New Year's Day. 

If your regular recycling and rubbish collection day falls on any day not listed above, it will remain the same over the Christmas period

2. Recycling your Christmas tree

Westminster has 26 recycling points for real Christmas trees. You can take your tree to a drop-off point between Saturday 29 December and Sunday 13 January 2019. Opening hours are 8am to 8pm unless they are in parks, which close at 4.30pm.

Recycling your Christmas tree is easy and helps the environment as it goes to make woodchip and soil-improver. Any trees dumped at other sites won't be composted.

Please remove all decorations, stands and netting from the tree before bringing it to a recycling point.

Find your nearest Christmas tree recycling point

3. Commercial waste over Christmas

Commercial Christmas collections

There are no changes to commercial waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

Find out more about commercial waste collections.



4. Mobile Recycling Centre

The Mobile Recycling Centre outside Warwick Avenue tube station will be closed on Saturday 22 December 2018.

The Mobile Recycling Centre will also be closed on Saturday 29 December, Saturday 5 January and Saturday 12 January 2019 to make way for the real Christmas tree recycling site.

Find out more about the Mobile Recycling Centre.


5. Tips for an environmentally friendly Christmas

How to recycle festive items

Reduce wrapping paper usage with ‘furoshiki’, a Japanese-style of wrapping presents with material which can be reused.

Give your Christmas cards a new lease of life by cutting them up to make gift tags for next Christmas.

Mixed recycling

The following can be put in your mixed recycling bags, boxes and bins:

  • Christmas cards without glitter; please also remove badges and batteries from cards before putting them in the mixed recycling
  • paper gift wrap, wrapping paper and paper gift bags, but please remove any string from paper gift bags and put the string in your rubbish
  • glass jars including cranberry sauce, mincemeat and baby food jars - give them a rinse in your leftover washing-up water, but don't worry about removing labels as they will come off in the recycling process.

See what else can be recycled at home


All non-paper gift wrap, wrapping paper and gift bags, such as foil-based wrapping or bags, should be put in your rubbish. If the gift wrap, wrapping paper and gift bags spring back once you scrunch them, these materials should be put in your rubbish.

Last updated: 4 December 2018
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