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Dates for Christmas rubbish collections and green waste winter break 

Council staff will be working weekends to clear domestic rubbish and recycling over the Christmas and New Year period.

Meanwhile, regular collections of green wheelie bins will stop for the winter break in the middle of December

Green garden waste collections

Regular collections of green wheelie bins stop temporarily for two months during the winter because less garden waste is generated at this time of year.

The last collection of green garden waste is in weeks commencing 9 December and 16 December 2013, depending on which week the fortnightly collection falls in.

Regular collections will restart on 3 March 2014.

Residents who need their green bins emptied in the meantime can book an extra collection in one of these two weeks:

•           Week commencing 13 January
•           Week commencing 10 February

To book a collection during either of these weeks call (020) 8215 3000. The cut off date for bookings is 10 January and 7 February.

Garden waste can also be disposed of at Frizlands Reuse and Recycling Centre, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, which is open all year. You can also find information and advice on home composting at www.recycleforyourcommunity.com or http://www.lbbd.gov.uk/environment/recyclingandrefuse/pages/composting.aspx

Christmas refuse dates

There will be no refuse or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day. Collections will be affected as follows:

Normal collection date          Revised day
Monday 23 December         Collected as normal
Tuesday 24 December         Collected as normal
Wednesday 25 December    Saturday 28 December
Thursday 26 December         Sunday 29 December
Friday 27 December             Monday 30 December
Monday 30 December         Tuesday 31 December
Tuesday 31 December         Thursday 2 January
Wednesday 1 January          Friday 3 January
Thursday 2 January               Saturday 4 January
Friday 3 January                   Sunday 5 January

Christmas recycling advice

Real Christmas trees will be taken away for recycling by refuse crews during weeks commencing 13 January and 10 February. Put the tree next to your bins on your normal collection date, remembering to remove all decorations.

Wrapping paper cannot be placed in the brown wheelie bin because the paper is too low quality to be recycled. This should be put in your grey wheelie bin.

Glass bottles and jars should be put in the grey wheelie bin. It is separated from the rest of the rubbish by a machine and recycled. If you have excess glass that won’t fit in your grey bin and you don’t want to store it until next week you can take it to Frizlands Reuse and Recycling Centre located in Rainham Road North, Dagenham, or to your nearest street bottle bank.

Cllr Bert Collins, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Barking and Dagenham for taking the time to recycle their rubbish throughout the year. Also, many thanks to our refuse crews for their hard work come rain or shine."