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Festive recycling 2017/18

Only recycling and waste collections in West Lothian scheduled for 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January are changing over the Festive period.

All other collections will take place as normal over the Christmas and New Year period, with householders reminded to have their bins and caddies at the kerbside by 7am and leave them out until they are collected.

If your grey or blue bin is due to be collected on Christmas Day, Monday 25 December, please put it out four days early on Thursday, 21 December. Foodwaste collections due on Christmas Day will take place on two days early on Saturday 23 December instead.

For grey or blue bins that would normally be collected on Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December, please put them out four days early on Friday, 22 December. Foodwaste collections due on Boxing Day will take place on one day later on Wednesday, 27 December instead.

Collections on Monday and Tuesday, January 1 and 2 will follow an identical pattern. Grey and blue bins should be put out four days early on either Thursday or Friday, 28 or 29 December, respectively. 

Foodwaste collections scheduled for New Years' Day will take place two days early on Saturday, 30 December, and those planned for Tuesday, 2 January, will be a day later on Wednesday, 3 January.

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Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: "The vast majority of local residents should put out their bins as normal over the Festive Period. 

"Only collections on the public holiday days of 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January will be affected. Residents whose normal collections days are Monday or Tuesdays should make sure they familiarise themselves with the new arrangements for those days.

"As most of the new collection dates are before usual collection, residents are advised to   mark on a calendar or set a reminder to put their bins out on the new collection days.

"Please make sure that all bins and caddies are out by 7am and leave them out until they are collected. The higher volumes of collections during the holiday period mean that collection times can change during this time."

Brown bin collections will stop from Monday, 18 December, and resume on Monday 16 January.  Christmas trees can be placed in your brown bin for collection on your usual date after collections resume. 

Please cut trees up to fit in the brown bin where possible, and if your bin is full, please ensure the tree is cut into manageable lengths and left on the kerbside beside your brown bin on the day of collection.

West Lothian's six Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) at Blackburn, Broxburn, Linlithgow, Deans and Oakbank in Livingston and Whitburn will be open every day from 10am to 5pm, except for 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January. Last entry is 4.45pm. For further information, please see Find your Local Household Waste Recycling Centre

Bookings for bulky and fridge uplifts will be not be accepted between Friday 15 December and Monday 8 January to ensure householders' food waste and wheeled bin collections take priority.