Christmas and New Year arrangements

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Daventry District Council's offices will be closed from Christmas Day until they reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.

Essential services, such as waste and recycling collections and street cleaning will continue over the festive period, and there will also continue to be arrangements in place in the event of an emergency.

Find out more about waste and recycling collections, office opening times and online services below:

Waste and recycling collections

Collection schedules

Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:

  • If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Friday 25 December) it will instead take place on Sunday 27 December
  • If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Friday 1 January) it will instead take place the following day on Saturday 2 January

Extra recycling collection

All households will receive an extra collection of their blue-lidded bin during the Christmas period. 

  • If your usual blue-lidded bin collection is scheduled for the week beginning Monday 14 December, you will receive your extra recycling collection in the week beginning Monday 21 December.
  • If your usual blue-lidded bin collection is scheduled for the week beginning Monday 21 December, you will receive your extra recycling collection in the week beginning Monday 28 December.


This information is also printed on the collection calendar we sent you in August or you can check which bins to put out using our postcode checker

Extra recycling will also be collected if it cannot fit into the blue-lidded bin. Please put these items in clear or white bags and place them next to your bin.

Food waste collections

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 Please remember you can recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Garden waste collections

Those subscribed to the service are advised there will a fortnight-long break in collections during the Christmas period, to allow crews to focus on the extra seasonal recycling. 

The last garden waste collections of 2020 will take place in the week of 14 to 18 December, and collections will resume again from the week beginning Monday 4 January.

General waste collections

Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected as normal on their three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible and make use of the extra blue-lidded recycling bin collection, as black bins with raised lids or bags of rubbish left next to your bin will not be collected.

Real Christmas trees

If you have a real Christmas tree you can put it out for collection on your first scheduled garden waste collection day after 10 January. This will either be in the week beginning Monday 11 January or Monday 18 January, depending on your bin collection schedule

All households can put their real Christmas tree out for collection, whether you are subscribed to the garden waste collection service or not. It should be placed next to your bins on your normal collection day. If you are a garden waste collection service subscriber you can cut the tree up and place it in your garden waste bins if you prefer.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but they can be taken to your local household waste recycling centre

What can I recycle?

Find out more information about what can be put in each bin on our recycling pages

Keep on top of collections

You can check your collection day and which bins to put out using any of the following methods:


Report a missed collection

Daventry District Council's offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Monday 4 January. During this period any missed collections can be reported via our online self-serve system 

Council opening times

Lodge Road council offices

Daventry District Council's phone lines will close at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24 December), reopening at 9am on Monday 4 January 2021.

Over Christmas, residents can continue to access a range of information and services online

Please note that Jobcentre Plus and Northamptonshire County Council’s Children’s and Young People’s Service will each operate different working hours over Christmas.

Please also be aware that due to Covid-19 there are restrictions on who can enter the Lodge Road offices. It is currently only open to people who are: homeless or threatened with homelessness; in need of a food bank referral; accessing Children and Young People’s services; accessing Job Centre Plus; or vulnerable and in need of help with Universal Credit. Please come to the front door and a member of staff will speak to you from a safe distance

Abbey Advice and Resource Centre

The Abbey will operate its normal office hours up to and including Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24 December). It will then operate the following opening hours:

  • Christmas Day through to Monday 28 December (inclusive): Closed
  • Tuesday 29 December: Normal opening hours
  • Wednesday 30 December: Normal opening hours
  • Thursday 31 December: Normal opening hours
  • Friday 1 January: Closed
  • Saturday 2 January: Closed to tenants only. Open for Library click and collect from 10am to 2pm
  • Sunday 3 January: Closed
  • Monday 4 January: Normal opening hours