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Festive season waste collection calendar/Christmas tree collections

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Dates for waste and recycling collections in St Albans District over the festive holiday season have been announced.

St Albans City and District Council’s contractor Veolia, which carries out domestic collections, is distributing a calendar to all 60,000 households.

This details the rearranged dates for the Christmas and New Year period which includes three Bank Holidays when there are no collections.

The calendar also contains collection dates for 2022 which has an unchanged fortnightly pattern.

So, if your brown bin with non-recyclable waste is generally collected on a Tuesday and your recyclable waste on the following Tuesday, that will continue to be the case once normal services are resumed.

Details of the festive and 2022 dates can also be found on the Council’s website here:

There is also a helpful A-Z list about how to dispose of the different type of waste, such as wrapping paper and packaging,  that is generated during the Christmas season.

Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Chair of the Public Realm Committee, said:

The festive season is a very hectic time for our waste contractor’s crews as there is a great deal of waste and recycling to collect.

Veolia has faced the very difficult challenges over the last year of a national driver shortage and staff absences due to COVID.

This has caused some disruption to services, but generally Veolia have coped extremely well and maintained services.

I hope that, with the help of residents, they will continue to provide us with a good service over the busy festive period.

Tree disposal

Christmas trees will be collected from all houses on the first two recycling collection days of January if left beside the bins or in the green bin used by subscribers to the garden waste service.

After this, trees will only be collected from subscribers and only if they are contained within the green bin.

Alternatively, residents in parts of St Albans and Harpenden can register to a charity Christmas tree collection service.

The limited service is being run by the Hospice of St Francis on a first come, first served basis. Those who take advantage of it are asked to make donation to the charity.

Once registered, people can leave their real Christmas tree outside the front of their property on the evening of Friday 7 January for collection on the following two days.

To register, you will need to be within the AL1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 postcodes and log your details here:

The website gives some suggested donation amounts and explains how the funds might be used.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Councillor contact: Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Chair of the Public Realm Committee,, 07761 232064.

Media contacts: John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City District Council: 01727-819533,