CHANGES will be made to household refuse and recycling collections in the Horsham district during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
In much of the south of the district, where the 'AcornPlus' household refuse and recycling scheme has been introduced, collection arrangements have been improved, says Horsham District Council.
Householders on the AcornPlus Scheme should refer to the collection calendar that was delivered with the new blue topped bins, the council advises.
They can also visit Horsham District Council's website at www.horsham.gov.uk and follow the AcornPlus link on the homepage to find out more or call 01403 739459.
All householders can access their individual collection calendar for recycling and waste collection services.
This is available from Horsham District Council's website www.horsham.gov.uk by first entering the property postcode on the website.
The calendar will show personal collection dates complete with any relevant changes:
For those on the Acorn Scheme, from December 14 to 18 all homes will receive a refuse collection and a recycling collection of newspapers and magazines will take place.
For those in Zone B, green garden waste with non-corrugated card will be collected.
From December 21 to 25 normal refuse collections and a recycling collection of cans with plastic bottles and aerosols will take place on December 21, 22, 23 and 24.
For those in Zone A, green garden waste with non-corrugated card will be collected.
There will be no household collections on December 25; this day's collection will take place on Tuesday December 29, although green waste with card collection services will not be operating on this day.
There will be no household collections on Monday December 28.
Collections delayed from Friday December 25 will take place on Tuesday December 29. Up to two extra bags of refuse will be collected.
There will be no household collections on Wednesday December 30, Thursday December 31 or Friday January 1.
Recycling will be cans with plastic bottles and aerosols.
Household collections start again on Monday January 4. All collections will be on their normal day.
Recycling will be newspapers with magazines. There will not be any green waste collections during this week.
Up to three extra bags of refuse will be taken during this week for those with collection days on Monday to Thursday. Those with Friday collection days will have up to one extra bag of refuse taken.
The council says that for residents who are buying real Christmas trees, the advice is to choose a tree with roots that has been grown in the UK specifically for this purpose.
It can then be either replanted in a garden or chopped up and placed in the brown lidded green waste bin for composting. The council points out that modern artificial Christmas trees are very realistic these days, extremely low maintenance (no need to water) and some even come with fairy lights attached. Using it year on year will save money in the long run too.
For further information about household refuse and recycling, including a definition of Acorn zones, residents can call 01403 733144.
Enquiries can also be directed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.