Get Ready For Your New Recycling Service

Information from Cotswold District Council:

From March 2020, your recycling collections are changing.

New containers and an information pack are being delivered to households in February 2020.

What is changing

Collection days for some residents may change; details of your collection days will be in the information pack delivered to you.

Until March 2020 the postcode checker will have your current collection dates in. Once the new service goes live, the checker will be updated.

The changes mean that you:

  • will get a new cardboard bag to give you more capacity;
  • can recycle extra items including textiles and shoes, batteries, cartons and small electrical items; and
  • need to keep food waste separate and put it in your new outdoor food waste bin which is collected weekly.

Refuse and recycling will still be collected fortnightly. Garden waste will switch from weekly to fortnightly.

What you need to do

From March 2020, you will need two recycling containers: one for paper and another for glass.

Contact Cotswold District Council now if you only have one box so another one can be ordered for you before the new service starts.

Order another recycling box

Watch the video to find out more about these changes:

Have Your Say On Cotswold District Council Services

Cotswold District Council is undertaking a consultation on its proposed budget for the 2020/21 financial year. Their aim is to gather as much feedback as possible on key areas such as the waste service, parking, climate change, leisure, grants and changes to the District’s Local Plan.

The budget is being prepared against a backdrop of continuing cuts in Government funding which have seen core funding fall from £5.9 million in 2009 to £2.5 million in 2019/20, a drop of 58.4% with further falls in Government funding expected for 2021/22.

Councillors are keen to ensure that services will be maintained and enhanced while ensuring that the Council’s finances are sustainable and resilient. Plans include an improved waste service offering a separate food waste collection and more recycling, increased parking provision in Cirencester and investments in facilities such as Cirencester’s Corinium Museum.

The Council’s survey will also gather views on how the Council can raise additional income from investing in local property; to a proposed Council Tax rise of £5 a year for a Band D household. It will also ask for feedback on proposals to raise parking charges and the cost of garden waste collections.

Drop-in events about the budget have been arranged on:

These events will be held as informal Q&A sessions to allow residents to come along at their leisure and ask district councillors and officers questions about the proposals face-to-face. Alongside these events, district councillors will also be hitting the streets in each town on the event days to engage with residents in person and encourage people to give their views.

For more information on the budget consultation, please visit

You can fill out the survey online or download, complete and return the printed version.

Deadline for responses: midnight on Sunday 26 January 2020


Christmas Tree Shredding

Please note that real Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas Day for recycling up until 12 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)
  • Hillier Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Residents who subscribe to garden waste recycling collection service will be able to recycle their used real Christmas trees by placing them in their green coloured bin. The next green bin collection is on Thursday 9th January. Please ensure that the tree is broken into manageable lengths so that it will fit comfortably in the bin, with the lid completely closed – plastic to plastic.

For queries about the Christmas collections and general information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Changes To Waste Collections Christmas 2019

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Tuesday 24 December. Crews will NOT be working on Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 December and Wednesday 1 January.

As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 20 January 2020.

Crews will be working on three Saturdays – 4 January, 11 January and 18 January – to catch up.

The collection days will change as follows:

View Waste Collection Calendar 2B >>