COVID-19 rapid testing (if you don’t have symptoms)

If you can’t work from home or you’re a key worker you can now book a rapid COVID-19 test if you don’t have symptoms.


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Waste collection services update - impacts of COVID-19

  • most household collection services are operating on the normal collection dates, although a small number of recycling and organic waste collections may take place on the following day as crews catch up outstanding work.  Please wait until the day after your normal collection before reporting a missed collection
  • please help by making sure you put the right waste into the right bin.  Clean recyclable material must go into the recycling bin (please flatten large items to take up less space) but these bins cannot be used for general waste.  It will take longer than usual to clear contaminated recycling bins
  • the bulky waste collection service is currently suspended, but completion of overdue collections is expected to start in the week commencing 25 January 2021
  • the recycling centre remains open but you will need to book an appointment.  Please check our website for COVID-19 precautions that are in place

You can find out more details of impacts and changes to services on the waste collection services  update page. 

Christmas tree recycling

Please recycle your real Christmas tree once you're finished with it. Simply remove all decorations including any pot or stand and do one of the following:

  • if you have a food and garden waste collection, real Christmas trees can be collected as part of your garden waste subscription collection - simply leave it by your bin on collection day, please note that trees over 6 foot long should be cut in half
  • if you do not receive a food or garden waste collection, email stating your name and full address to request a real Christmas collection - then leave your Christmas tree for collection outside your property at ground floor level in a place that does not cause an obstruction to pedestrians or vehicles, please note that trees over 6 foot long should be cut in half
  • if you live on an estate or in a block of flats, leave your real Christmas tree by the bin areas or bulky waste collection areas, please make sure your tree is easily accessible and not behind a locked gate or in a bin store
  • alternatively book a permit and bring you real Christmas trees and plastic Christmas trees to the Reuse and Recycling centre on Devon Street (off old Kent Road)

There is no charge for disposal of Christmas trees by any of the above methods.


Page last updated: 05 January 2021

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