Don’t have a rubbish Christmas

As the festive season approaches, so do the changes to the Christmas and New Year’s refuse and recycling collection dates.

Your usual collection day Your revised collection day
Monday 22 December 2008 Saturday 20 December 2008*
Tuesday 23 December 2008 Monday 22 December 2008*
Wednesday 24 December 2008 Tuesday 23 December 2008*
Thursday 25 December 2008 Wednesday 24 December 2008
Friday 26 December 2008 Saturday 27 December 2008

Monday 29 December 2008 Monday 29 December 2008
Tuesday 30 December 2008 Tuesday 30 December 2008
Wednesday 31 December 2008 Wednesday 31 December 2008
Thursday 1 January 2009 Friday 2 January 2009
Friday 2 January 2009 Saturday 3 January 2009
* Please note these collections will be made on an earlier day to your normal collection day.

The refuse and recycling centre at Garth Road and Weir Road will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

The council is asking residents to cut and flatten cardboard packaging so that it is small enough to fit in the purple box. Other festive items such as Christmas cards and non-metallic wrapping paper can also be recycled in the purple box. For flats please use the neighbourhood recycling bins.

Christmas trees can be taken to either Refuse or Recycling Centre and placed in the green waste bay for composting. We encourage residents to use these drop off points to allow them to dispose of their tree for recycling on the day that suits them. Alternatively, a supplementary service is being offered by crews who will be picking up trees from people’s front gardens (not on the pavement), from 6am on Tuesday 6 January 2009. It is essential that trees are kept within people’s gardens and not dumped on the highway. Residents are asked to bear with the crews during this busy time, but if Christmas trees have not been collected by 19 January and cannot be dropped off at the Reuse and Recycling Centres, residents should call 020 8274 4902.

Over the Christmas period the council is advising residents to be aware of people falsely claiming to be bin men employed by the council and that they expect a Christmas tip. Merton Council employees should never take advantage of residents’ generosity and ask for tips. If someone says that they are a council employee and asks for a Christmas tip residents should call 020 8274 4902 to alert the council.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor David Simpson said: “We wish all our residents a merry Christmas and happy New Year. I also would like to remind residents that as Christmas approaches, so to does the need too recycle, cards, trees and cardboard boxes.

“We are concerned that in the spirit of good will residents should not be taken advantage of. If anyone approaches residents asking for a tip, we advise residents not to offer any money. This may not be a council employee and could be someone out just to win a quick buck.”