Cornwall’s rubbish and recycling collections over the Christmas period

We are at that time again, when those areas which have their rubbish, recycling and green waste collected over the Christmas period are often confused if a collection will take place. Fear not, as this blog post will explain what will be happening.

The first bit of information is there will be no rubbish, clinical waste, recycling or garden waste collections on Christmas Day. Rubbish and clinical waste will be collected on the scheduled collection day the following week.

If your garden waste or recycling collection is due on Christmas Day, it will be collected on Saturday 2 January.

The table below shows how collections are affected, to view your households full collection calendar go to and click on ‘find your collection day’.

Date Rubbish/Clinical Recycling/Garden
Christmas Day

Friday 25 December

No collection

Next collection on Friday  1 January.

No collection

Next collection on Saturday 2 January .

This is the only collection day that is affected over Christmas, all other collections will remain unchanged.

The Household Waste and Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Just in case you were thinking of taking your rubbish there.

Free Christmas tree Collection

The Council will collect real Christmas trees in the weeks starting 11 January and 18 January.  Put your tree out on your normal rubbish collection day on the alternate week to your recycling collection. The trees will be collected for free and then shredded and composted. You can also take your tree to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

Christmas cards

There are various charity collections for Christmas cards.  You can also put them in your cardboard bag as part of your household recycling collection.


Envelopes can go in your household recycling collection.  White envelopes should go into the paper bag, coloured or brown envelopes should go with the cardboard.

Wrapping paper

We can take wrapping paper that isn’t coated with foil or plastic.  Please put all non-shiny wrapping paper in bag for paper, and remove any sticky tape, string or ribbons.


Over Christmas there are a lot of extra cardboard boxes. Flatten the boxes and put them in the cardboard recycling bag.

If the boxes are too big, flat pack them, tie them in a bundle and put them out next to your recycling. If you have very large amounts of cardboard, you can either take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centres or put it out for the kerbside collection over a couple of weeks.

Tin Foil

Put scrunched up tin foil into the sack for plastic bottles and cans.

Chocolate and biscuit tins

You can put chocolate and biscuit tins out for recycling in the sack for plastic bottles and tins. We can only accept metal sweet and biscuit tins. We can’t take the plastic tubs. (Unless you’re in the pots, tubs and trays trial).

Additional recycling

If you have more kerbside recycling then usual, please put it out in carrier bags.  Glass bottles and jars must be put in a rigid box.

Simple enough?

Merry Christmas!

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