It’s one of the biggest head-scratchers of the festive season: Just when should you put out the bins? Well, here’s the answer!
There are three weeks of affected dates over the holidays, St Helens Council says.
However, rather than waiting nervously to see when your neighbours put theirs out, there is an easier alternative.
A spokesman for St Helens Council says the most important thing to remember is to make sure your bin is out early, preferably from 6.30am on the day of collection.
There are, however, some other simple rules to stick by.
“In the week leading up to Christmas (21-25 December), all collections will be earlier than usual,” said the spokesman.
“If your normal collection is Monday, December 21 for brown bin and Kerbside recycling, collection will be on Saturday, December 19.
“For the rest of that week (22-25 December), all collections will occur one day earlier.
“In the week leading up to New Year’s Day (28 December – 1 January), all collections will be later than usual.
“They’ll be one day later if your normal collection is 28-30 December. Thursday, December 31 collections will occur on Saturday, January 2; and Friday, January 1 collections will be on Monday, January 4.
“In the following week (4-8 January), all collections will be one day later than usual, after which normal service will resume.
“Please refer to your collection calendar to avoid confusion.
“It’s important that you use all the services during these weeks to avoid a build-up of recycling and waste and to allow for a smooth collection when normal service resumes.
“Residents are also reminded that green bin collection will restart as normal in the week commencing January 25.
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