Christmas refuse and recycling collections

Don’t forget to check your collections calendar as there will be changes over the Christmas period to your normal waste and recycling collection days. The changes begin on the Saturday before Christmas Day and finish on Saturday January 6.

Christmas collection dates
Normal Collection Day Revised Collection Day
Monday 25 December Saturday 23 December
Tuesday 26 December Wednesday 27 December
Wednesday 27 December Thursday 28 December
Thursday 28 December Friday 29 December
Friday 29 December Saturday 30 December
Monday 1 January Tuesday 2 January
Tuesday 2 January Wednesday 3 January
Wednesday 3 January Thursday 4 January
Thursday 4 January Friday 5 January
Friday 5 January Saturday 6 January

Christmas Tree Recycling Collections

For a small donation to St John’s Hospice, you can have your real Christmas trees collected from your doorstep by hospice volunteers on either the 6th, 7th and 8th January.   For more information or to book yourself a collection, visit:, or call 01524 382538 during office hours or email

Suspension of Garden Waste Collections

Residents in the Lancaster district who have subscribed to the council’s garden waste collection service are being reminded that collections will be suspended over the winter months in what is traditionally the quietest time for gardeners.

There will be no collections of garden waste from Monday, December 18 until collections resume on Monday, February 12.  During this time, people are being encouraged to either compost the green waste which may accumulate over this period or dispose of it at a local recycling centre. 

New subscriptions for the garden waste collection service which ends on March 31 2018 will no longer be accepted from Monday 18 December 2017.

However, people who wish to subscribe to the garden waste collection service provided by the council from April 1 2018, will be able to do so from January next year at a cost of £40 per green bin.

If you have misplaced your waste and recycling collection calendar, visit or use the iLancaster app (no download required), available at

Last updated: 30 November 2017