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Christmas in West Northamptonshire

Information about Christmas opening times, arrangements for bin collections and other useful information for the Christmas and New Year period.

DateCouncil officesLibraries*Recycling centres
Saturday 23 DecemberClosedOpenCheck normal opening hours
Sunday 24 DecemberClosedClosedOpen, closing at 2pm
Monday 25 DecemberClosedClosedClosed
Tuesday 26 DecemberClosedClosedClosed
Wednesday 27 DecemberClosedOpenCheck normal opening hours
Thursday 28 DecemberClosedOpenCheck normal opening hours
Friday 29 DecemberClosedOpenCheck normal opening hours
Saturday 30 DecemberClosedOpenCheck normal opening hours
Sunday 31 DecemberClosedClosedCheck normal opening hours
Monday 1 JanuaryClosedClosedClosed
Tuesday 2 JanuaryOpenOpenCheck normal opening hours

*Community managed library opening hours may differ, please contact the library directly.

During this period, we will have limited staff available for emergencies only. For any non-urgent inquiries, please contact us after 2 January. Please be aware that phone lines will be very busy in the first few days of January, and we apologise in advance for any delays in responding.

Some of the council’s statutory services will be operating as normal on 27, 28 and 29 December. These include children's services, adult social care and death registrations.

Resources will be in place for emergencies such as homelessness.

You can continue to access a range of services around the clock here on our website.

Bin collections

Due to Christmas Day falling on a Monday this year and Boxing Day on a Tuesday, some properties will have a change for their collections. Affected properties will receive communications to notify them of the collection date change, so please keep an eye out for this.

  • Daventry area collections due on Monday 25 December will take place on Saturday 23 December
  • Daventry area collections due on Tuesday 26 December will take place on Sunday 24 December
  • Daventry area collections due to take place on Monday 1 January will take place on Saturday 30 December
  • Northampton area collections due on Monday 25 December will take place on Saturday 30 December
  • South Northants area collections due to take place on Tuesday 26 December will take place on Saturday 23 December

Garden waste

Those subscribed to the service are advised there will be a short break in collections from 23 December until 5 January. 

Christmas Tree collections

Crews will collect real Christmas trees between 8 and 19 January.

You do not have to have a garden waste subscription for us to take real trees away.

Residents in the Daventry and South Northants areas should put real Christmas trees out on the day garden waste is due to be collected in their area.

In the Northampton area trees should be put out next to recycling bins, while those on sack collections can present trees beside their recycling boxes on their collection day.

Please ensure trees over 6ft tall are cut in half so they fit in the lorries safely.

Real Christmas trees can also be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Food waste

Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule. Please remember you can recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Do not put any liquids in the caddy. Find out more at love food hate waste.

Additional recycling

Additional recycling can be put out in clear plastic bags or boxes alongside recycling bins and boxes, or can also be taken to the nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. See above for opening times.

More useful information on recycling at Christmas can be found on our Christmas recycling guide.

Northampton Market

There will be no market on Monday 25 or Tuesday 26 December or Monday 1January.

The market will be open as usual throughout the festive period.

The opening hours are subject to change, for the latest information visit Northampton Market.

Stop smoking clinics

All clinics will finish on Friday 22 December and re-open Tuesday 2 January.

Last updated 30 November 2023