Monmouthshire County Council has published its timetable for collection of waste and recycling over Christmas and the New Year.

No collections will take place on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Year’s Day.  Consequently, all collections during the week starting Monday 25th December will take place two days later than usual and collections during the week starting Monday 1st January will take place one day later as shown in the table below. Trade waste collections will also be affected as shown in the table. Residents are asked to ensure that all waste is placed out before 7am for collection.

Collection due Actual collection day
Monday 25th December Wednesday 27th December
Tuesday 26th December Thursday 28th December
Wednesday 27th December Friday 29th December
Thursday 28th December Saturday 30th December
Friday 29th December Sunday 31st December
Monday 1st January Tuesday 2nd January
Tuesday 2nd January Wednesday 3rd January
Wednesday 3rd January Thursday 4th January
Thursday 4th January Friday 5th January
Friday 5th January Saturday 6th January

Residents can check their collection days by visiting the Local Info page of the council’s website:  In addition, advice on reducing the amount of waste produced at Christmas time can be found by visiting

Christmas time leads to more waste generation so the council has agreed that residents can put out one extra bag of household waste for their collection after Christmas Day from 27th December to 6th January.  There is no limit to the amount of recycling that can be left out for collection.

Festive wrapping paper can be recycled in red bags provided it’s not made from foil, plastic or glitter wrap.  Christmas cards can be recycled in red bags too, but alternately residents may consider offering them to charity shops that recycle them to raise funds.

Real Christmas trees (up to six foot tall) may be left for collection on the kerbside and recycled with food or garden waste – this applies even if residents do not have a brown garden waste bag.  Trees taller than six foot should be cut to a manageable size and left for collection or taken to a local household waste recycling centre.

Opening times for the council’s household waste recycling centres over the Christmas and New Year period are:

Sunday, 24th December 8am to 4pm (last entry 3.45pm)
Monday, 25th December closed
Tuesday, 26th December closed
27th to 31st December 8am to 4pm (last entry 3.45pm)
Monday, 1st January closed
Tuesday, 2nd January 8am to 6pm

Councillor Bryan Jones, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for waste and recycling said: “I’d like to wish the county’s communities a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I warmly thank them for their impressive recycling efforts during 2017.”