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Festive Waste Collections 2018/19

West Lothian residents are being urged to check if their bins need to go out early over the Festive period.

17 December
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Bin collections over the Festive period will remain the same unless your bin is due to be picked up on Tuesday 25 December, Wednesday 26 December, Tuesday 1 January and Wednesday 2 January. 

If your grey bin is due for collection on Tuesday 25 December, or Tuesday 1 January, please put it out one day earlier than usual. For grey bin collections due on Wednesday 26 December or 2 January, please put it out two days later on Friday 28 December or Friday 4 January instead.

If your blue bin is due for collection on Tuesday 25 December or Tuesday 1 January please put it out two days later than normal on Thursday 27 December or Thursday 3 January. For blue bin collections due on Wednesday 26 December or Wednesday 2 January, please put it out three days later than normal on Saturday 29 December or Saturday 5 January instead.

Food waste bin collections will continue to remain the same other than collections scheduled for Tuesday 25 December and Tuesday 01 January. If your food waste collection is scheduled for either of these dates please present your food waste bin one day later on Wednesday 26 December or Wednesday 02 January. 

For more information or to view the Festive collection schedules for both grey/blue bins and food waste caddies please visit Check Bin Collection Dates.

Our new online service displays next bin collection days on the screen. We recommend that you subscribe to E-mail reminders to find out about planned changes to your bin collection days over the festive period or on bank holidays. Go to Check Bin Collection Dates

Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: "It has been necessary to make temporary changes to some regular collections over the Festive period to ensure all waste and recycling bins get emptied.

"Some uplifts are earlier or later than they would be normally, so please check our Festive collection schedules on line for grey/blue bins and food waste caddies to see what impact it will have on your usual collection dates. We also have a new service, which allows you to view your bin collection dates online. Subscribe to E-mail reminders to find out about planned changes to your bin collection days over the festive period.

"It is important that waste and recycling containers are presented by 7am and to leave them out until they are emptied.  Please put your bins and caddies out as normal, unless stated otherwise, and all collections will return to usual dates from Monday 7 January 2019 with the exception of brown bins."

West Lothian's five Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will be open every day from 10am to 5pm, except Tuesday / Wednesday 25 - 26 December and 1 - 2 January. Last entry is 4.45pm.

There will be no brown bin collection from Monday 17 December 2018 until Monday 14 January 2019. Please refer to your calendar for your uplift date and ensure any real Christmas trees are cut up and contained within the brown bin with the lid closed, or presented next to your brown bin (again cut up) on your scheduled collection day - if you miss your Christmas tree collection, please place out on your next collection day as we will not return as a missed collection.    
                
Please note that the Bulky Uplift service is suspended from Friday 14 December 2018 until Monday 8 January 2019 to ensure householders' wheeled bin and food waste collections take priority.

Should there be any missed collections then information will be presented on the Recycling and Waste Services daily update page on the West Lothian Council website. Go to Bin collection updates

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