In County Durham, residents are advised of alterations to bin collections during the festive season.

Durham County Council’s collections will proceed as usual until Friday, 22nd of December.

From Tuesday 26 December to Friday 29 December, collections will take place one day later than normal, starting from Wednesday 27 December to Saturday 30 December. 

Normal collections will resume on Tuesday 2 January.

Residents can check their collection dates online by entering their house number and postcode into the ‘My Durham’ section of the council’s website at

Meanwhile, there will be no large waste (bulky) collections between Saturday 23 December and Monday 1 January.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across the county will be open as normal over the festive period, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 

Members of the public are encouraged to check before visiting a recycling centre, particularly in case of bad weather. The website includes further information about locations and opening hours. 

Real Christmas tree collections will also be available in the New Year, beginning from 8 January. Residents can book a free collection online at or by calling 03000 26 0000 up to Sunday 7 January. 

Local charities such as St Cuthbert’s Hospice and Butterwick Hospice Care are also offering a collection of real Christmas trees in parts of the county for donation. 

For more information and areas of collection, visit:

It should be noted that these are not council services. Booking and any donation is an arrangements directly with them.

Residents can keep up to date with any changes to council services by following @durhamcouncil on twitter or @durhamcouncil on Facebook. 

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