Swanage Christmas bin collection changes and a chance to help charity too!

Christmas festivities are nearly upon us – but Dorset residents should make note of the new dates for the refuse and recycling collections over the coming days.

During the Christmas and New Year period, the waste services will be operating at slightly revised times.


As many residents will likely have more toy and gift packaging from their Christmas, the services will also accept an extra bag of recycling placed next to your bin on your first collection after Boxing Day. Glass must be kept in a separate box.

Household recycling centres remain open from 10 am to 4 pm except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Garden Waste services are suspended between Christmas Day and Friday 8th January 2021.

Waste and recycling bins

Changes to bin collections

Check below to see when your usual bin day collection has been moved to:

  • Thursday 24th December – no change
  • Friday 25th December moved to Monday 28th December
  • Monday 28th December moved to Tuesday 29th December
  • Tuesday 29th December moved to Wednesday 30th December
  • Wednesday 30th December moved to Thursday 31st December
  • Thursday 31st December moved to Saturday 2nd January
  • Friday 1st January moved to Monday 4th January
  • Monday 4th January moved to Tuesday 5th January
  • Tuesday 5th January moved Wednesday 6th January
  • Wednesday 6th January moved to Thursday 7th January
  • Thursday 7th January moved to Friday 8th January
  • Friday 8th January moved to Saturday 9th January
  • Monday 11th January – no change

Alternatively, check online here.

Glass recycling bin

Christmas recycling

Dorset residents are encouraged to recycle as much of their Christmas waste as they can.

Food waste should go in the brown bins, while wrapping paper, card, cardboard, tins, cans and plastics should go in the recycling bins or boxes.

Glass and batteries should go in their respective designated boxes.

Recycling bin

Christmas trees

Dorset Council does not accept real or artificial Christmas trees for kerbside recycling collection.

Anyone who wants to recycle their real tree has a few options. They can cut it up and put it in their garden waste or take it to a Household Recycling Centre.

Alternatively, anyone with a BH postcode can register online to have their tree recycled in return for a donation to Lewis-Manning Hospice in Poole.

The hospice is a charity that helps provide support to people with life-limiting illnesses throughout Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. The Christmas tree initiative is supported by several Dorset businesses, and the money raised will help the charity continue to provide its services.

Area Fundraiser Ruth Wright said: 

“We are delighted to have extended our reach this year and to be servicing all Bournemouth and Poole postcodes.  

“Registration online is simple, make a donation to Lewis-Manning on the Just Helping website and then leave your tree outside the front of your house/flat on the day of collection and we will take care of the rest. There’s no need to make any mess with pine needles in the boot of your car anymore!”

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