THERE will be no change to rubbish and recycling collection dates in County Durham over Christmas.

Residents are being asked to put their bins out as normal over Christmas and New Year.

The last day for bulky waste and white goods collections will be Friday, December 23 December, with the service resuming on Tuesday, January 3.

Durham County Council will again offer a Christmas tree collection service. Bookings for collection in the New Year can be made by calling 03000 261 000 between Monday, December 19 and Sunday, January 8.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We all produce significantly more waste than normal over the Christmas and New Year period so it’s especially important that we take extra care to dispose of it responsibly.

“This year, there will be no change to kerbside collections but I would urge people to take note of other changes to waste and recycling services, such as HWRC closures and the pause in bulky waste and white goods collections.

“Information on all of our waste and recycling services is available on our website, where residents can also book bulky waste and real Christmas tree collections, order a permit and check their rubbish and recycling collection days.”