Remember to put your bins out this Christmas

Recycling bins in Lancaster.
Recycling bins in Lancaster.

Rubbish bin collection times will vary slightly this Christmas and New Year.

If your bins are normally emptied on Friday (December 25) they will instead be emptied on Thursday (December 24).

Collections on Monday, December 28, Tuesday, December 29, Wednesday, December 30 and Thursday, December 31 will be as normal.

If you have your bins emptied usually on Friday, January 1, they will be emptied on Saturday, January 2.

Lancaster City Council has also announced its Christmas opening times and service arrangements.

Lancaster and Morecambe town halls and the council’s housing office on Cable Street, Lancaster will close for Christmas at 3pm on Christmas Eve and re-open at 9am on Tuesday December 29.

On New Year’s Eve, these buildings will close to members of the public at 3pm and re-open at 9am on Monday, January 4.

As the Charter Market in Lancaster’s normal Saturday opening day will fall on Boxing Day, when the market will be closed, an extra market has been arranged for last minute Christmas shoppers on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24).

The Assembly Rooms Emporium on King Street, Lancaster will be open for business as usual most days but will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Saturday, January 2.

Opening times are Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4.30pm and Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm (except Bank Holidays).

The Festival Market will be open on Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

For information on the opening times of the council’s sport and leisure facilities including Williamson Park and Salt Ayre Sports Centre, visit

To help you reduce the mountain of waste generated by Christmas festivities, the council has suggested a few simple tips to help you manage your additional waste including glass, cans, plastic bottles, cardboard, Christmas cards and wrapping paper, and not forgetting your food waste.

• Shop smart. Be aware of over packaged goods and recycle what you can.

• Plan your meals, make the most of your freezer and find leftover recipes at

• Recycle all your glass bottles/jars, cans, foil, sweet/biscuit tins, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard (including gift wrap and Christmas cards) in your green recycling boxes

• Any unavoidable food waste can be placed in your green wheeled bin or kerbside caddy for composting.

• St John’s Hospice will be collecting real Christmas trees for a small donation to the Hospice please phone 01524 382538 or book online

• Real Christmas trees can otherwise be chopped up and placed in your green wheeled bin.