CHANGES to refuse and recycling collections, and council opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period have been announced.

The council offices will close at 3pm on Tuesday, December 24, until 9am on Thursday, January 2.

During the Christmas and New Year fortnight, there will be a number of changes to the domestic waste collections. Tags have been placed on all residents’ bins informing them of these changes.

Collections scheduled for Tuesday December 24 will take place a day early, on Monday December 23. Collections scheduled for Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25, will take place a day early, on Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24.

Collections scheduled for Thursday December 26 will take place on Friday December 27, and if your normal collection day would be Friday, December 27, your waste will be collected on Saturday, December 28.

The following week, collections scheduled for Tuesday December 31 will take place a day early, on Monday December 30. Collections scheduled for Wednesday January 1 will take place on Tuesday December 31. Collections on Thursday January 2 and Friday January 3 are unchanged and as normal from January 6.

This year the council will not be providing a free collection service for Christmas trees. This is due to limited take-up in previous years and a lack of economic and environmental benefit.

Householders can take their old Christmas trees free of charge to the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Skibeden, Skipton, or Sowarth Field Industrial Estate, Settle.

These sites are open six days a week from 8.30am to 4pm, throughout October to March (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). These sites are closed on Wednesdays.

Sue Ryder Manorlands is also offering Christmas tree collections in return for a donation, in South Craven, central Skipton, Grassington, Embsay and Gargrave.

To find out more about these collections go to or call 01535 640445.

Residents can continue to recycle their paper and cardboard, glass, cans, plastic bottles and cartons over the festive season using the council’s kerbside collection schemes.

For helpful tips on how to reduce the amount of waste produced over the Christmas and New Year period, please visit