Merton Council rubbish and recycling collections over Christmas

Rubbish and recycling collections for Merton residents will be slightly different over Christmas and New Year.

The first collection that is different from the norm will take place on Saturday 19 December for residents whose normal collection day is Monday, with further changes thereafter. Normal collections will resume from Monday 4 January.


Your usual collection day Christmas collection day Change
Monday 21 December 2015 Saturday 19 December 2 days early
Tuesday 22 December Monday 21 December 1 day early
Wednesday 23 December Tuesday 22 December 1 day early
Thursday 24 December Wednesday 23 December 1 day early
Friday 25 December Thursday 24 December 1 day early
Monday 28 December Monday 28 December No change
Tuesday 29 December Tuesday 29 December No change
Wednesday 30 December Wednesday 30 December No change
Thursday 31 December Thursday 31 December No change
Friday 1 January Saturday 2 January 1 day later

The council’s garden waste collection service will be on a break from Monday 21 December to Friday 15 January. The household reuse and recycling centre in Garth Road, Morden, will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. You can now recycle plastic and metal packaging as well as cartons. For a full list of acceptable items, visit

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A free Christmas tree collection service starts on Monday 11 January until Sunday 24 January. Residents wanting to use the service must put their tree out by Sunday 10 January to ensure it will be collected during the two week period. Any trees put out after 10 January may not be collected.

Merton’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders, said: “Christmas is a busy time for residents and with lots of family coming over to eat, missing a waste collection day can make life tricky. This is why we are encouraging everyone to check when their new collection days are and to make sure they put their rubbish and recycling out at the right time. All the information you need is on the council website and residents should be receiving a leaflet very soon as a reminder.”