CHRISTMAS, a time for peace on Earth and goodwill to all men — and amassing bins full of rubbish.

By Boxing Day, houses are crammed with cardboard boxes, empty bottles and yards of wrapping paper.

Here is a handy guide to make sure you do not miss your council recycling bin collections over Christmas and New Year 2017.

Blackburn with Darwen

Residents are advised to put out their bins out before 7am on their collection day.

Christmas Day (25 Dec) — no collections

Boxing Day (26 Dec) — no collections

Wednesday (27 Dec) — Monday’s collections

Thursday (28 Dec) — Tuesday’s collections

Friday (29 Dec) — Wednesday’s collections

Saturday (30 Dec) — Thursday’s collections

New Year’s Day (Jan 1) — No collections

Tuesday (Jan 2) — Monday’s collections

Wednesday (Jan 3) — Tuesday’s collections

Thursday (Jan 4) — Wednesday’s collections

Friday (Jan 5) — Thursday’s collections


Recycling and non-recycling waste collections will not take place on Boxing Day — Tuesday, December 26 — but will happen on Saturday, December 30 instead.

All items must be put out for collection from 6.30am as usual.

Other collections will remain the same over Christmas and New Year.

Between Boxing Day and January 12, the council will collect extra bags of rubbish that will not fit in wheelie bins.

After that, the council will return to its policy of not collecting any waste left outside wheelie bins.

Councillor Lian Pate, the council’s executive member for community services, said: “We’re coming up to the time of the year when many people generate a lot of extra rubbish, much of which can be recycled. Things like wrapping paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and cans can all be recycled rather than throwing it away with the rest of your general rubbish.”

Ribble Valley

Christmas Day (Monday, December 25) — will take place on the Saturday before, December 23

Boxing Day (Tuesday, December 26) — Wednesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 27 — Thursday, December 28

Thursday, December 28 — Friday, December 29

Friday, December 29 — Saturday, December 30

New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1) — Tuesday, January 2

Tuesday, January 2 — Wednesday, January 3

Wednesday, January 3 — Thursday, January 4

Thursday, January 4 — Friday, January 5

Friday, January 5 — Saturday, January 6

Normal collection service for the Ribble Valley will resume on Monday, January 8.


Crews will be working up to and including Friday, December 22, but will not be working between Saturday, December 23 and Boxing Day.

People whose collections would have been on Monday, Christmas Day, will be collected on Wednesday, December 27.

This includes Earby and parts of Barnoldswick (zone one) who are on their recycling week and parts of Reedley and Brierfield (zone 6) for refuse collections.

Those who would have had a collection on Tuesday, December 26, will be collected on Thursday, December 28.

This includes parts of Barnoldswick, Kelbrook and Foulridge for recycling collection and the Waidshouse area of Nelson for refuse.

Crews will be on holiday on New Year’s Day, Monday 1st January, and Pendle Council will be out collecting from properties who normally have a Monday collection on the following day, Tuesday, January 2.

Street cleaning staff will be working up to and including Christmas Eve, cleaning town centre streets in time for Christmas Day.


Christmas Day (Monday, December 25) — Saturday before, December 23

Boxing Day (Tuesday, December 26) — Saturday after, December 30

New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1) — Saturday after, January 6