Christmas and New Year Waste Collections

Grey-refuse-bin-and-beige-sackCotswold District Council has advised us that the waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will not be making collections on the Christmas period Bank Holidays – Thursday 25, Friday 26 December and also Thursday 1 January.

However, the crews will be working on Saturday 27 December and Saturday 3 and 10 January to catch up, and the revised collection schedule will be as follows:

Week commencing Monday 22 December 2014

Normal collection day Revised date
Mon 22 Dec 2014 No change
Tues 23 Dec 2014 No change
Weds 24 Dec 2014 No change
Thurs 25 Dec 2014 Will move to Sat 27 Dec 2014
Friday 26 Dec 2014 Will move to Mon 29 Dec 2014
Mon 29 Dec 2014 Will move to Tues 30 Dec 2014
Tues 30 Dec 2014 Will move to Weds 31 Dec 2014
Weds 31 Dec 2014 Will move to Friday 2 Jan 2015
Thurs 1 Jan 2015 Will move to Sat 3 Jan 2015
Friday 2 Jan 2015 Will move to Mon 5 Jan 2015
Mon 5 Jan 2015 Will move to Tues 6 Jan 2015
Tues 6 Jan 2015 Will move to Weds 7 Jan 2015
Weds 7 Jan 2015 Will move to Thurs 8 Jan 2015
Thurs 8 Jan 2015 Will move to Friday 9 Jan 2015
Friday 9 Jan 2015 Will move to Saturday 10 Jan 2015

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 12 January 2015

Commenting on the changes, Scott Williams of the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Team said:

“We are hoping that the temporary alterations to the normal schedule will not disrupt households too much. Basically, after ‘collections as normal’ on Wednesday 24 December, there will be some delays until Saturday 10 January and then everything will be back to normal again for the week beginning Monday 14 January.”

“The Christmas season always generates a lot of recyclable waste and we would urge everyone to make maximum use of our kerbside recycling services, as well as the recycling facilities across the district.  However, it is inevitable that there will also be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time and we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ 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 on their temporarily revised first collection after Christmas Day. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7 am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”

Update from CDC on Citizen’s Advice, Garden Waste Licence

Cotswold District Council has issued two press releases, copied here:

Cotswold District CAB closed between 31 March to 6 April

Release date: 21 March 2014

The Cotswold District Citizens Advice Bureau will be closed from Monday 31 March for one week and will reopen on 7 April. The CAB are refurbishing their office to increase capacity to help more people.

Nick Lee, Bureau Manager said: “We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause people. Anyone needing advice during the week can telephone our advice line on 01285 652908 or access our email advice via our new website

The CAB services help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice. In the last three months, the main enquiry areas dealt with by the CAB have been money, welfare benefits, employment and housing problems.


Slight delay in delivery of new Green Waste licences

Release date: 21 March 2014

Due to reasons beyond the control of Cotswold District Council, there will be a slight delay in the delivery of new annual green waste licences which are due to come into effect on 1 April.

We apologise for this delay and have been assured by the distributors that they will arrange for new licences to be delivered next week. However, to ease any potential problems should the licences not reach residents by 1 April, our waste contractor Ubico Ltd has agreed to collect ALL garden waste bins between 31 March and 4 April – even if they are not displaying the 2014-15 licence. After that date Ubico crews will only collect green waste bins displaying a valid 2014-15 licence.

We appreciate the cooperation of many our residents who have participated in the green waste scheme over the years and we would like to thank everyone for signing up and helping to contribute to the Council’s impressive recycling/composting rate of almost 60% – yet again one of the best in the UK.

It’s not too late to renew your green waste licence for 2014-15 – we’ve pegged the cost of the service for 2014-15 at £30 per licence to use the green wheeled bins. Anyone signing up will have all their garden waste collected weekly, and they will also be able to empty their unwanted food waste into the green bin. There is also a cheaper alternative – a resident could agree to share their bin with a neighbour should the latter wish to contribute to the cost of the licence.

Additional licences can be purchased for a further £30 each per year. For those who cannot accommodate a green wheeled bin at their property, 50 compostable brown paper garden waste sacks can also be purchased for £30 (available from the Council’s Trinity Road offices or at the Moreton Area Centre.)

Residents who receive Council Tax or Housing Benefit are entitled to a 50% discount.

For more information, visit our website or contact the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123.