Give your bins a good stuffing this Christmas

Published Friday, 20th December 2019

Recycling and waste bags, boxes and bin in the snow with a robin sitting on top of the bin

With the countdown to Christmas fast approaching, Southend Borough Council and Veolia are reminding residents that their recycling and waste collection day will change over Christmas and New Year.

Veolia will be collecting recycling and waste on an amended timetable over Christmas and New Year due to the bank holidays on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Collections will be back to normal from Tuesday 7 January for houses and from Monday 13 January for flats.

Residents can also get their real Christmas trees collected for free between Tuesday 7 and Friday 17 January - remembering to remove all decorations! For those who are signed up to the garden waste collection service, Veolia will collect the tree on their scheduled collection day. Those who aren’t signed up can request a collection by calling Veolia on 0203 567 6955.

Seasonal items such as Christmas cards (no foil or glitter), cardboard, wrapping paper (not foil paper) can all be added to your blue box, whereas sweet tins, glass jars and drinks bottles can all be recycled and should be added to your pink sacks, along with your usual suspects such as plastic food packaging.

Leftover food can be frozen for use on another day. You can find some delicious leftovers’ recipes on Any unavoidable food waste, like turkey carcasses, vegetable peelings and all other cooked or uncooked food waste can be recycled using your blue food waste bin.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Throughout the festive period, residents tend to build up excess paper, card and food waste, meaning our hardworking Veolia staff are working around the clock to keep our streets clean and tidy.

“In addition to this, Veolia is offering a collection service for real Christmas trees. If you aren’t signed up to the garden waste collection service, make sure you get in touch if you require a collection.”

Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia, said: “As we gather with family for Christmas dinners, unwrap presents and decorate our home, that can mean lots of waste. We want to encourage residents in Southend-on-Sea to give the Earth a treat this year and take the time to put the right item in the right bin or sack to recycle as much as possible.”

Residents are also reminded that bulky waste should be taken to either of the Household Waste Recycling Centre’s (HWRCs) within the borough. Alternatively, a bulky waste collection can be arranged by calling 01702 215006. Please visit

Residents are invited to check their revised calendar online, and find out more information regarding waste collections and also the amended opening hours of the HWRCs can be found at