Revised waste and recycling collections over the festive season in Watford

Revised waste and recycling collections over the festive season in Watford

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2020

Watford Borough Council and its recycling and waste partner Veolia, are reminding residents that their waste and recycling will be collected on different days over Christmas and New Year.

Residents will be sent a flyer over the coming weeks with the revised collection dates and are asked to check the calendar before putting out any bins for collection.

Due to dates of festive bank holidays, collections will happen one or two days earlier than normal the week before Christmas, dates can be found here:

Households should check their collection dates on the leaflet or online at: and ensure their bins are out on the edge of their front property boundary by 6am on the day of collection.

For the first two collections after Christmas, residents can put out up to two extra bags of non-recyclable waste. If residents have more than this, visit for more information. People can put out as much recycling as they like in clearly labelled bags or clear plastic bags.

In January, residents will also be able to recycle their real Christmas tree for free. Veolia’s garden waste recycling service will be collecting real trees from all residential properties on the opposite week to their black bin collection day. Collection teams can only collect real trees that are four feet or smaller, so residents are advised to cut larger trees into smaller sections.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “We are all looking forward to the festive season, particularly this year. But I would like to remind residents to check their collection calendar to make sure they are putting out their waste and recycling on the right days. This is also an opportunity for us all to recycle more, which may not be at the forefront of everybody’s mind, but I would encourage residents to continue recycling their waste. We are committed to making Watford a cleaner, greener and a more sustainable town and this can only happen if everyone plays their part.”

Darren Harding, Veolia Senior Contract Manager said: “Christmas may be looking a little different this year, but like every year, it is a time where we tend to create more waste than usual. We would like to remind residents to reduce, reuse and recycle everything they can this festive season. The collection date changes will start from Saturday 19 December and will resume back to normal on Monday 11 January. During this time, our crews will be working hard, like they do all year round. If you see them, a socially distanced smile or wave goes a long way to spreading some Christmas cheer. I would like to thank residents for their support this year and wish everyone a safe and sustainable Christmas.”

If any bins have been missed, residents must report this within 24 hours of their collection online at

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