Bin collection dates Christmas and New Year 2019: when rubbish is collected in Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders

Keep things clean this Christmas by taking note of your bin collection schedule.

After days of opening presents, enjoying lavish meals and knocking back a few drinks, your bins can get a little full over Christmas.

To avoid swimming in rubbish over the festive period, take a quick note of when your bins will be collected this year.

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Some of your bins may not be collected quite as regulalry at the end of the year. Picture: Shutterstock

Local authorities have also advised that residents make an effort wherever possible to recycle - Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, cardboard boxes, bottles and cans can all be recycled.

If the appropriate wheelie bin won't hold enough, there are also various recycling facilities, which are open throughout most of the festive period. You can find full details on your council's website.

Dumfries and Galloway

The waste collection service will be operating as normal over the festive season in Nithsdale, Stewartry and Annandale and Eskdale, apart from households and commercial premises whose waste is uplifted on a Wednesday and Thursday. For those, the amended bin dates are as follows:

If you have a real tree to dispose of, the council can help with that too. Picture: Shutterstock

- Bins due to be collected on Wednesday 25 December will be collected on Saturday 28 December.

- Bins due to be collected on Thursday 26 December will be collected on Sunday 29 December.

- Bins due to be collected on Wednesday 1 December will be collected on Wednesday 8 January (Saturday 4 January in Wigtownshire).

- Bins due to be collected on Thursday 2 December will be collected on Thursday 9 January (Sunday 5 January in Wigtownshire).

You should make sure your wheeled bin or Council supplied refuse sacks are out for collection by 7.30am on your collection day.

For more information, visit the Dumfries and Galloway Council website.

Scottish Borders

Bin collections due to take place on either Christmas Day or New Year's day will change for some Borders residents, as well as some of those scheduled for Thursday 26 December and Thursday 2 January.

In some cases, this will mean they actually take place earlier than they otherwise would.

The Scottish Borders Council has provided an online service which will provided full details on bin collections over the festive period for each individual address.

You can use find it here.