Waste and Recycling

Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection dates

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During the holidays, your usual waste and recycling collection dates may be affected.
Remember to check your waste and recycling collections over Christmas, as they will be on different days to usual.

Please find below the holiday colletion dates for Calderdale.

Usual collection day:                                               Collection will be on:

Friday 25th December                                            Monday 28th December

Monday 28th December                                       Tuesday 29th December

Tuesday 29th December                                       Wednesday 30th December

Wednesday 30th December                                Thursday 31st December

Thursday 31st December                                      Saturday 2nd January

Friday 1st January                                                    Monday 4th January

Monday 4th January                                               Tuesday 5th January

Tuesday 5th January                                               Wednesday 6th January

Wednesday 6th January                                        Thursday 7th January

Thursday 7th January                                             Friday 8th January

Friday 8th January                                                    Saturday 9th January


Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on the 25 and 26 December and on 1 January 2021. Please check opening times and current restrictions on the Council website before you travel. https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/service-updates#hwrcs

Also of interest: Tis the Season to recycle: Calderdale residents are encouraged to recycle during the festive season

Tis the season to recycle

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The run up to Christmas and New Year, up to several weeks afterwards, will see an increase in waste produced by individual households.

Over the Christmas period there tends to be an increase in waste. Plastic and otherwise packaging, wrapping paper, food, food wrappings, tinsel, old items, electrical waste, you name it. Out with the old in with the new by all means, but your new gadget doesn’t need to burden the Earth.

It is always a good idea to reuse and recycle as much as possible. This year in particular, as the coronavirus pandemic sees more of us spending longer at home, there is additional strain put on waste collection services. Fly tipping is on the rise and our communities bear the brunt.

It is therefore more crucial than ever to minimise our waste and recycle as much as we can. The council offers a weekly recycling service and there are several alternatives to filling up a black bin bag.

Many have done a home clearing spree and more will likely do it over Christmas and New Year, to make space for new things.

We are asking everyone to help by Reusing where possible, Recycling and as a last resort, disposing of unwanted items and waste responsibly.

What you can do

  • Packaging

Most packaging can now be recycled. Ideally opt for items with minimal packaging but if your mind is set on one thing, by all means get it but try to recycle the excess package. Look for the recycling symbol on the packaging if in doubt. Responsible companies should at the very least feature that.

Wrapping paper can be recycled in your weekly collection. If it’s not too badly damaged, it can even be reused to wrap another, perhaps smaller present, or it can be excellent crafting material.

Did you know that cardboard boxes can be recycled as well? Break up and flatten cardboard boxes so they can be collected.

If you have a large amount of cardboard boxes, it helps our crews if you can take it to the cardboard skips at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

  • Food

Too much food left behind over Christmas? Do you still have boxes of chocolates, biscuits or anything other food related that you don’t want or rather wouldn’t eat?

Supermarkets often collect packaged food to donate. Why not take it there?

Glass bottles, jars, tin cans, juice cartons can all be recycled. Even some of the plastic trays food comes in can be recycled.

Calderdale council offers a food waste collection service with the weekly recycling. Or if you are a deft garden hand, why not start your own compost heap?

  • Electricals

Electrical items and batteries need to be recycled too. Any shop that sells batteries should have an old battery collection bin. Some supermarkets may also take old fluorescent lightbulbs (not filament).

Old electrical appliances can be taken to the HWRCs. Some places like Currys PC World or mobile phone centres can take smaller appliances for recycling. Check with the store before turning up. Small electrical items, such as hairdryers or toasters can be put in your weekly recycling collection.

  • Bulky items

Bulky items like furniture, old appliances or even unwanted Christmas trees can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

The Council offers a home bulky item collection service for a fee of £25 per collection, however this is restricted at the moment.

Visit here for more information including a list of alternative ways of disposing of your items:


  • Can you donate or swap your old items?

One man’s trash is another’s treasure. You may be holding on to something that you don’t want because you know it deserves better than wasting.

Several charities will take items from old, good quality clothes, shoes, linen, even furniture, baby items, tools, household equipment, electricals…

Especially during the pandemic, many hostels and shelters are finding it harder to restock. Some of your old items may be invaluable to them.

Charities like Freegle (www.ilovefreegle.org) will put you in touch with others who may find use for your old items. Check out the Calderdale group there!

You could, restrictions permitting, organise a swish/swop with friends or relatives.


There are several great ideas to reuse, recycle, upcycle and in general minimise the waste we produce. If you have any good ideas you’d like to share, feel free to comment down below. We’d love to have your thoughts!

Also of interest: Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection dates

Spring Bank Holiday Waste and Recycling Collection Dates

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Please remember your Waste and Recycling Collections will be a day later through bank holiday weeks.

Usual collection day:                                          Collection will be on:

Monday 27 May                                                     Tuesday 28 May
Tuesday 28 May                                                     Wednesday 29 May
Wednesday 29 May                                             Thursday 30 May
Thursday 30 May                                                   Friday 31 May
Friday 31 May                                                          Saturday 1 June

Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 3 June. 

We prefer flat plastic!
Please remember also to squash your cans and plastics before placing them in the white bag; they will take up less room so you can fit more in the sack and it will help the items to stay more securely inside the sack on a windy day.



Christmas Waste and Recycling collection dates

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Christmas and New Year Waste and Recycling Collection Dates. Collections will be a day later than usual due to bank holidays:

  • Usual collection day                               Changed collection day
  • Monday 26th December 2016                     Tuesday 27th December 2016
  • Tuesday 27th December 2016                     Wednesday 28th December 2016
  • Wednesday 28th December 2016               Thursday 29th December 2016
  • Thursday 29th December 2016                    Friday 30th December 2016
  • Friday 30th December 2016                         Saturday 31st December 2016
  • Monday 2nd January 2017                           Tuesday 3rd January 2017
  • Tuesday 3rd January 2017                            Wednesday 4th January 2017
  • Wednesday 4th January 2017                      Thursday 5th January 2017
  • Thursday 5th January 2017                           Friday 6th January 2017
  • Friday 6th January 2017                                Saturday 7th January 2017

All collections should be back to your usual collection day by Monday 9 January 2017.

Please recycle all that you can, every week.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open throughout, operating Sunday opening hours on bank holidays.

August bank holiday Waste and Recycling Collection Dates

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Please remember your Waste and Recycling Collections will be a day later through bank holiday week

Usual (new) collection day:                          Collection will be on:

Monday 29 August                                                     Tuesday 30 August
Tuesday 30 August                                                    Wednesday 31 August
Wednesday 31 August                                               Thursday 1 September
Thursday 1 September                                              Friday 2 September
Friday 2 September                                                  Saturday 3 September

Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 5 September and Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open throughout, operating Sunday hours on Bank Holidays

New waste and recycling services from August

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From 1 August 2016, new waste and recycling services will be introduced for Calderdale residents.

New vehicles will allow people to recycle even more materials at the kerbside, every week: brown/corrugated cardboard, plastic pots, tubs and trays, Tetra Pak cartons and small electrical equipment – in addition to the usual cans, glass bottles, jars, plastic bottles, newspapers, magazines, textiles and food.

There will also be changes to the way materials are collected, and your collection day is likely to change – For more information and to find out your new collection day visit our website or read the press release.

There are also lots of Roadshows and displays planned to give you a chance to talk to Council and Suez staff – see our website for more information.

Easter Waste and Recycling Collection Dates

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Please remember that your waste and recycling collections will be one day later through Easter week

Usual collection day:                 Collection day will be:
Easter Monday 28 March                Tuesday 29 March
Tuesday 29 March                             Wednesday 30 March
Wednesday 30 March                       Thursday 31 March
Thursday 31 March                            Friday 1 April
Friday 1 April                                      Saturday 2 April

Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 4 April 2016

Don’t forget your bin collection this Christmas

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There’s so much to remember over the festive season, but Calderdale residents are being reminded about the changes to their waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period.

The Christmas and New Year waste collection dates are as follows:

Usual collection day            –            Collection will be on
Monday 21 December               –             Saturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 December               –            Monday 21 December
Wednesday 23 December         –            Tuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 December            –             Wednesday 23 December
Friday 25 December                  –             Thursday 24 December
Friday 1 January 2016              –             Saturday 2 January 2016

Also, remember that by recycling weekly you can win great prizes, as part of the ‘Do it Weekly’ scheme which runs until July 2016.

For more information about recycling and other handy tips visit: www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/waste/recycling.

Recycle weekly to win great prizes

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No matter how little is in your recycling Calderdale Council need you to put it out EVERY weekend and to encourage residents to do this they are offering great monthly prizes of an iPad mini, 2 x £100 worth of tickets for the Victoria Theatre, 3 x £50 shopping vouchers.

A selection of households will be checked on each collection day and if you have recycled every week you will be put into a monthly prize draw.

Also, did you know you can sign up to Collection Day email reminders and never miss a collection again. Simply insert your postcode and then fill in your email address and receive an email you to remind you to put out your waste and recycling.