Christmas waste up by a third in Milton Keynes

Monday 4 January 2021


Milton Keynes Council has been putting extra resources in place to collect unprecedented levels of waste and recycling over the festive break.

Over the last week, busy waste collection crews working for the council have collected more than 1,400 tonnes of refuse.  Preparations had been made for above average waste volumes over the Christmas period, as levels usually rise by around a fifth, and crews even worked on New Year's Day.  However, last week's collections have been far higher - with a rise in volume of around a third – likely impacted by MK’s Tier 4 lockdown and more people at home. Glass collections alone were up by more than 70%.

We're sorry if your waste and recycling wasn’t collected as expected. By the end of today (4 January) we aim to be back up to date. However, we are still expecting more waste than usual this week, adding pressure to the crews. This means your regular collection may overrun to the next day. If this is the case, please put out any non-collected waste and recycling on the next working day.

We are working closely with our partner Serco and have added further additional crews.  

Teams are working to a revised Christmas bank holiday recycling and waste collections, which can be found here.  Normal waste collection days resume from Monday 18 January.

Please follow our social media channels or look at the waste pages on our website for the latest information.