Christmas & New Year Refuse Collections 2023/24

There are changes to waste collections over Christmas and New Year.

Northleach’s usual “everything” collection day is a Friday. The last collection before Christmas will be on Friday 22nd December.

A food waste only collection is scheduled for Saturday 30th December, one day later than usual as crews catch up after the bank holiday.

The next “everything” collection will take place on Saturday 6th January.

Normal service resumes from Monday 8th January.

Garden waste service is suspended from Monday 25th December and will resume on Monday 8 January 2024.

More information

You can check your collection day online.

View the Friday waste collection calendar:

Enquiries should be directed to Cotswold District Council.

Christmas Trees

Real Christmas trees will be collected from the kerbside for those properties with a current garden waste licence. Please put your tree out on your scheduled garden waste collection day between Monday 8 and Friday 19 January 2024.

Trees can be put out on their own or beside the garden wheeled bin (if being presented). Householders can also reduce their trees and put them inside the bin if they wish. Please ensure all decorations, lights and stands are removed first. 

All residents can take their real Christmas trees to the to the following drop off points:

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB
  • Hillier Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Trees need to be dropped off by no later than Thursday 18 January.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Don’t forget the best thing for your real tree is to make sure it is recycled. If you subscribe to the CDC Green bin service just cut it up into smaller sections, put it into your green bin. Our next scheduled bin day is Monday 11th Jan. You can also take it to Fosse Cross HRC but you’ll need to book in. Winter hours are 10am-4pm except Tuesday when it’s closed.…/fosse-cross…/

Christmas and New Year Waste Collection Changes

Waste and recycling collection dates in the Cotswolds have been updated for the holiday season.
Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Thursday 24 December. Crews will NOT be working on Friday 25 December and Friday 1 January.

As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 18 January 2021.

The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on two Saturdays to catch up – 9 and 16 January 2021)

They will be allowing side waste for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day; residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags.

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 18 January 2021.

The Household Recycling Centres are open 10 am to 4 pm and each site is closed one day per week (Fosse Cross is closed Tuesdays).

Everyone visiting the Household Recycling centres is required to prebook their visit to gain access to these sites. Social distancing will be required on-site, and to minimise queues and waiting times the number of booking slots available will be limited.

For details of all HRCs in Gloucestershire plus a wide range of information about recycling best practice please visit 

New Fly-Tipping Reporting Service Goes Live

Residents will be able to report fly-tips more easily thanks to an improved service from Cotswold District Council.
A new online form will allow the user to pinpoint the fly-tip on an interactive map so they don’t have to spend time trying to describe the location or looking up a postcode.  That makes it is easier for the Council team to locate and with previously reported cases visible, it also means less duplication, allowing a quicker investigation and clean-up.

If a resident calls for more information about their report, the customer services team can give more detailed case information on the spot.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Waste, Recycling and the Environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a crime as well as blight on the environment which we take very seriously.  These improvements make it easier for residents to report fly-tipping, ensuring it is possible to clean-up fly-tips more effectively and pursue offenders more quickly.”

To report a fly-tip see:

You Can Now Apply for your Garden Waste Licence

Garden waste licence for collections up to 31 March 2021

A new licence costs £30 and covers the period to 31 March 2021. Garden waste licences run annually from April to March, but this year residents’ 2019-20 licences were extended to 30 June this year, allowing council officers to concentrate on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since last year there have been some important changes to the service:

-Food waste CANNOT be placed in your garden waste bin
-Food waste is collected separately, and weekly, from your new (dark grey coloured)
  outside food bin. You can keep using your small green food caddy indoors
-Garden waste collections are now made fortnightly

If you would like to sign-up and prefer not to pay online you can​ call us on 01285 623123 and we will process your card payment for you, or advise you how to pay by other means if you do not have a credit or debit card.

You can view the full terms and conditions of your garden waste licence at

Covid-19 Update Tuesday 12th May

Household Recycling Centres

Cotswold District Council are likely to reopen the Household Recycling Centre at Fosse Cross soon, possibly as early as next week.  In line with this week’s HRC openings in Cheltenham and Gloucester this is likely to be on a pre-booked appointment only basis only to begin with.

Updated FAQ on what you can and can’t do from Wednesday 13th May

The UK Government has updated its advice on what you can and can’t do from Wednesday 13th May and this FAQ can be found on their website see below for the link.

Age UK Gloucestershire Community Support

During Covid19 Age UK have adapted their support and they want to let local communities know that they are there to help. They have a variety of resources that they are keen to share with the community.

    1. Age UK have an information and advice line where anyone (older people and their families) with an issue can call and get free advice – 01452 422660
    2. They have set up a Freephone line if any older person is feeling lonely and wants a chat with one of their staff or volunteers – 0800 298 0579
    3. They are also running an online social group which older people can join, get and share info and ideas on staying occupied, there are quizzes and discussion groups.
    4. They are promoting a campaign to Greet Your Street at 11am to get neighbours socializing on their doorsteps; they have posters that we can send out for households to show they are involved.
    5. There is also a lot of advice and information on their website:

Garden Waste Collection 

Don’t forget Cotswold District Council are restarting the garden waste collection service for 2019-2020 licence holders from this Friday 15th May.

The service is available to all customers who hold 2019/20 garden waste licence(s)
They will only collect what is in the CDC garden waste bins and bags
No side waste will be accepted
Crew safety means they cannot collect significantly overloaded bins
There will be no additional or catch-ups for collections
Existing licences have been extended and they will process renewals in June