Hounslow Suspending Garden and Bulk Waste Collections

Will not operate for two weeks over Christmas

Hounslow Council asks residents to minimise waste to help maintain serviceDriver shortage had affected the regularity of collections

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Hounslow Council has announced that both the Garden Waste and Bulky Waste Collection service will be suspended for two weeks over this period to assist with the additional workload. The last day of these services will be 24 December 2021 and they will resume on 10 January 2022.

It is understood that issues of recruitment have continued but the council has managed to keep the number of missed collections to a relatively small proportion of the total.

In addition, there will be some changes to the normal collection days which are detailed in the table below.

Usual Collection Day 2021/22

Revised Collection Day 2021/22

Monday 27 December

Tuesday 28 December (BH)

Tuesday 28 December

Wednesday 29 December

Wednesday 29 December

Thursday 30 December

Thursday 30 December

Friday 31 December

Friday 31 December

Monday 3 January (BH) 

Monday 3 January

Tuesday 4 January

Tuesday 4 January

Wednesday 5 January

Wednesday 5 January

Thursday 6 January

Thursday 6 January

Friday 7 January

Friday 7 January

Saturday 8 January

Normal Collections Resumes: 

Monday 10 January

The council has also published the following list of things to remember to reduce waste over Christmas:

  • If you have additional recycling present this in a clearly labelled carrier bag alongside your recycling boxes. It is important that you present the contents of the recycling in the same way you would using your boxes. For example, all plastic and cans (red box) should be included in one bag, all paper and cardboard (blue box) should be in another and glass (green box) in another. If these are mixed the additional recycling will not be collected.
  • Cardboard boxes must be flattened, and pieces should be no bigger than 70x70cm in order to fit within our recycling vehicles.
  • Keep all plastic wrapping and film out of your recycling! To find out more information about disposing of this type of plastic please visit www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/plastic-film
  • Do not put old batteries in your recycling box. You can take them to any local retailer that sells batteries as they offer a disposal service. More information can be found at www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/batteries-1.
  • Keep the collection team safe by ensuring all aerosol cans are completely empty before recycling them in your red box– aerosol cans that are not completely empty can pose a fire risk at the handling facility and cause injury to crews.
  • Excess rubbish left next to or on top of your wheeled bin will not be collected. Keep this waste until your next rubbish collection or take it to Space Waye or your local Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. Space Waye will be open as normal except on the following days; 25, 26 and 27 December and 1 January 2022.


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December 12, 2021

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