Christmas and New Year Collections
The holiday period over Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014 will have some altered collection dates.
Please also note that the Garden Waste collections scheduled for Mon 23 to Fri 3 Jan are replaced by an extra black bin collection.
We'll be sending out a pamphlet detailing these date changes; the full pamphlet is also available at
Winter 1314 collection pamphlet [PDF] [865kb]
For only the dates involved, please click on the small picture for a large image...................
A calendar for 2014 collections is available in 'Related Media'
For BULKY WASTE
Orders will be taken up to Friday 13th December for collection before Christmas
Orders placed after this date will not be collected until after New Year, Monday 6 January 2014 onwards.
For CHRISTMAS TREES & CARDS
- If you are on our Green Garden Waste Collection service, you can recycle your Christmas tree by putting it in your green wheelie bin with the lid closed.
The maximum thickness of wood allowed is 100mm - just under 4"
(note that Garden Waste Collections are suspended for 2 weeks (one collection) over the Christmas period
- You may leave your tree at any of Rother's recycling bring points (between 6th and 11th January 2013).
- You can dispose of your tree in the black wheelie bin with the lid closed (but it won't be recycled).
- Some charities are offering collection services for a small donation, e.g. St Michael's Hospice. Click here for full information (Opens in a new window).
This year Christmas cards can be recycled in the green box or at one of our bring centres, the exception being cards that contain glitter or foil finishes which cannot be recycled.
Alternatively you could check with your favourite charity shop to see whether they are collecting old Christmas cards or stamps.
Garden Waste Registration leaflets are being delivered around the district.
You will lose your Garden waste service if you don't register.
For details, click on the image below
--------------------------------------------- Register here on 'waiting' list ---------------------------------------------
Thursday 31 October, 16.30h
Our excellent collection crews have caught up all rounds after Monday storm.
From tomorrow (Friday), collections are on scheduled days.
The Council expresses its grateful thanks to our contractor Biffa and its crews for the the considerable efforts they have put in to achieving this and, once again, displaying their willingness to work for the common good of our residents.
Thursday 31 October, 09.00h
Our collection crew continue their successful catching up with their work for this week.
All of Monday and Tuesday scheduled work has been completed and most of Wednesday's work was undertaken yesterday.
Today (Thursday) we'll complete Wednesday's work and continue Thursday's rounds.
Please put your containers out for your normal collection day and leave them at the collection point until we empty them.
We fully expect to have completed all collection work for the week by the end of Friday.
28 October 10.00h
We will start collecting recycling and waste, including clinical, tomorrow (Tuesday 29th) morning.
Monday's collection will be collected first, followed by a start on Tuesday's collection.
From Tuesday morning, please put your containers out on your normal day, ready for collection, and leave them until we can get to you.
Collections will be delayed all week but we expect to complete all by Friday.
Waste and recycling collections have been suspended throughout East Sussex, including Rother, on Monday 28 October because of the forecast severe weather.
Residents are asked not to put their bins out for collection.
This is to reduce the risk of bins and rubbish becoming dangerous projectiles in the high winds.
Whilst staff will not be collecting waste and recycling, they will be assisting in any clean up.
It is too early to say what the collection arrangements will be for the rest of the week. We will make a decision when we see how the situation develops, and then communicate this as quickly as possible.
Residents are also encouraged to secure garden furniture and other loose items lying around outside to reduce the risk of further debris on the roads. There is detailed advice on preparing for stormy weather on the Sussex Police website.
We expect council phone lines to be very busy throughout Monday so please consider checking this website for latest updates rather than calling.
The latest Met Office weather warnings are available on the Met Office website.
27 October 2013
Rother Green Points - a community based recycling and waste minimising incentives project, is being launched to some areas in Rother this month.
The scheme is administered by LGP (Local Green Points) on Rother's behalf.
You can contact LGP at
Call: 0207 326 5082 (9.00am to 5.00pm Mon-Fri)
Write: Local Green Points, 141-157 Acre Lane, Clapham, London SW2 5UA
Easter Holiday Recycling, Garden Waste, Rubbish and clinical collections will be on normal days.
Friday's collection will take place on Friday 29th (Good Friday) and
Monday's on Monday April 1 (Easter Monday)
Please don't forget to put your containers out.
Best wishes to all for a good weekend!
18 March 2013
After last week's weather interruptions, collections have returned to normal today
In all areas collections are on schedule.
By the end of the working day today, Friday 25th January, our collectors have caught up with the week's collections.
We will follow up tomorrow with a "mop-up" of previously inaccessible pockets.
If you are in one of the 'difficult to access' areas and we've not managed to get to you during the week,
PLEASE LEAVE CONTAINERS AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION - we'll be there as soon as possible.
Monday 21 January 2013
Many of the areas we would collect from on a Monday are very rural or are situated well away from main roads and have not been treated. Access to these areas, and many other side roads, is very difficult with most of the lying snow having turned to ice overnight. Under these circumstances it is unwise to try and gain access with collection vehicles. Our concern is for the safety of the crews and whether the vehicles can negotiate can negotiate these lanes and roads without getting stuck and/or causing accidents.
We will review the situation later today to see how operations will be undertaken for the remainder of the week. When we recommence residual waste will be our priority and we may suspend garden waste collections to assist with catch up.
We will update this site regularly.
In the meantime, please leave containers available for collection - we'll be there as soon as possible.
14 Jan 2013 - Rubbish, Recycling & Garden waste collections are back to normal scheduled days.
With the first dusting of snow in the district this morning, it's worth reminding you that:
If the weather deteriorates this year, we'll be keeping you up to date - our website (www.rother.gov.uk) will be updated, our councillors and parishes will be informed and we'll let the local media know.
Rest assured we'll be doing our utmost to ensure your collections are made safely and on the scheduled day.
If we can't get to you, please leave our containers available for collection - we'll be there as soon as possible.
Christmas 2012 & New Year 2013 both fall mid week.
As a consequence, rubbish and recycling collections will be deferred by a day or 2 over the period.
For those who receive special clinical collections, the changes to days are deferred by the same as for other collections.
Rother Views, which is being delivered to your door, carries full details of collection dates over the holiday period.
Christmas and New Year Rubbish and Recycling Collection Details [PDF] [1.8Mb]
The Rubbish and Recycling Calendar will be delivered with Rother Views. Click on the picture to see the full page.
Please remind yourself what goes in each container and how and when to put your containers out for collection; click on the 'Getting it Right' picture.
CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL. Please click on this link............Recycle Trees and Cards
31 August 2012 - A brand new state-of-the-art Recycling Centre has replaced the old facility at Hastings/Pebsham
The new site is across the road. New features include:
- Split level design which separates the area where residents will tip from the area where most of the bins will be serviced, meaning that the site will rarely close during operational hours.
- A double queuing lane contained within the new site, providing off road queuing.
- More parking spaces at the new site, which means that the site can service more people at a time, reducing waiting / queuing times
The site is operated by Veolia (tel 08453 550550) on ESCC's behalf (tel 0345 60 80 194)
End September 2012
Unfortunately, we've had to end the trial cardboard bins at Little Common & Beeching Close
It was a huge disappointment to see that some irresponsible individuals at both sites were placing incorrect materials, e.g. bags of plaster, polystyrene, plastic bags, etc., so much so that we have had to remove the bins - Sorry!
COLLECTIONS OVER BANK HOLIDAYS - May, June and August
will continue on normal days.
We'll let you know about collection dates over the Christmas break later in the year.
For those of you with Monday collections: please remember to have your bin out by 07.00 - our collectors will be coming round!
MAKE SURE YOUR COLLECTION IS OUT BY 07.00
Occasionally, our collectors may change their round timings, but they will always collect from 07.00 onwards
ADVERSE WEATHER January 2012
Our contractor Biffa has to be thanked for the way it approached the difficult working conditions and on the quality of the service received during this period. There has been very little adverse comment and many residents have even contacted us to express their thanks and surprise that the job has been done.
End Jan 2012 - The new WASTE to ENERGY plant at Newhaven is now commissioned and running well.
For much of the waste we can't recycle, this will prove a superb way of recovering Electricity from Waste
Click on the picture!
COLLECTIONS BACK TO NORMAL DAYS
Week starting Monday 9th Jan 2012
- all collections return to regular day, and garden/card wheelie bin collections re-start.
If you're unsure of what's collected this week, please visit When's my Bin Day
Plastic - what to recycle?
No more searching for symbols! If it's a bottle shape, recycle it, please.
Our reprocessors can only take bottle shaped plastics; the market for other plastics just isn't there in the UK for the time being.
Tetrapak - it's special!
Drinks cartons must not be recycled with cardboard - they're made from a unique composite mix of card, plastic and foil, and need special recycling.
We have bins devoted to these at:
- Little Common
- Battle (Market)
Electrical Waste - an assurance.
Monday 16th May 2011 Panorama on BBC carried a report about some councils waste being illegally exported.
Please be assured that we, our disposal partners ESCC and their contractor Veolia send all electrical items to authorised recovery companies in the UK.
Coming Soon - at several of our mini recycling sites you'll soon see new bins where you can place old small electrical appliances. These will be taken by our contractor and sent to approved recovery facilities in the UK.
Your collection day remains fixed.
We collect on all Bank Holidays (except Christmas & New Year)
Please remember to put your container out as normal. If you're not sure of your normal day, click this link - When's my Bin Day
Our beverage/drinks carton recycling at
- Little Common
- Ravenside (Bexhill)
is provided by ACE UK
They have changed their collection contractor, and from April 2011, the small wheeled bins are replaced with large metal ones.
The emptying is done by a large vacuum cleaner
The new WASTE to ENERGY plant at Newhaven is now commissioned and running well.
For much of the waste we can't recycle, this will prove a superb way of recovering Electricity from Waste
Click on the picture!
We and our contractor, Verdant (now Biffa), are very happy to accept your warm praise and gratitude for the way we've organised and undertaken Recycling and Rubbish collections in spite of the extremes of weather we experienced at the beginning of December and just before Christmas.
But.........the citizens of Rother are the most important element in this success; your dedication to recycling, your co-operation, your good will and good humour are essential to our joint success.
Many of you have sent very kind notes of thanks and appreciation for our collections over the holiday break.
Unfortunately, we may not be able to reply to all the many letters, but here are some examples of the compliments we've received.
Your best wishes and praise have been passed on to our collection contractor and the collection teams.
Thank you so much for collecting our rubbish on Monday 6th despite it being out of cycle for collection, after the snowy weather.
Having read in the press all the horrendous rubbish problems due to the weather, Christmas and Bank Holidays I think your Council should be congratulated.
There has been a lot of bad press regarding refuse collections around the country recently,we are very satisfied with the service that we have received especially getting the black bin emptied weekly over the Christmas period,well done.
Also glad that we can now recycle cardboard.
I wish to praise the way in which the refuse collection has been undertaken in Rother over the extended holiday period.
Rother must be an example of how local control can get it right for local people
Thank you again and I would like to wish you all and all the bin men a very happy New Year."
Thank You to all the crew who provided an excellent service over Christmas and what a good idea it was to double up on refuse collections over the holiday period.
I would just like to say how impressed and how grateful to you all for your bin collections over Christmas and the New Year. It was brilliant and so helpful to have our rubbish cleared
And a final word from the Chief Executive...........
Well over 100 other residents have either e-mailed, phoned in or written to us to say thanks for the service over the Christmas period.
Full credit for this must go to our contractor Verdant, and specifically the men and women who are out there every day delivering what for many people is probably the most important service we provide.
As a Bexhill resident myself, I have been delighted not just with the last months performance, but with the way in which the new collection of waste and recycling has bedded in across our district. As a resident and the Chief exec., I am particularly pleased with the fact that we have been able to respond to the requests from our communities to introduce cardboard recycling. Credit for this must go to my colleagues in our Amenities team, who have negotiated well with both Verdant, and East Sussex County Council(who have ultimate responsibility for waste disposal) and who have achieved this at no extra cost to our council taxpayers!
Not surprisingly we are already receiving many complimentary remarks from residents about this.
Service Update : Winter newsletter now released - download at 'Related Downloads'
Good news on cardboard!
For most of you on alternate weekly collections - Card will be collected from your garden waste wheelie - from 10th January onwards.
Areas currently on black bag waste and coloured bag recycling collections may put card in the pink bag - with plastic bottles and cans.
For other properties without garden waste bins - you may contact us to arrange for a garden waste bin, or place small pieces of card (A4 sheet size - no larger than a magazine) in your plastic bottles and cans recycling.
Collection Calendar 2011 now available - clink on link under 'Related Downloads'
Bank Holiday Collections throughout 2011 will continue as normal. There will be no change to your collection day and we will collect rubbish, recycling, garden waste and clinical waste as usual.
Our Customer Services Team can be contacted on 01424 787000 should you require further information.
You can also check you bin day here - When is my bin day?
Compost for sale at your local tip - October 2010
We are pleased to advise you that Veolia, the County Council's waste disposal contractor, will be introducing bags of compost material for sale at all the household waste recycling sites.
The compost has been created at the new Woodlands In-vessel Composting Facility (IVC) in Whitesmith which opened in October 2009. (This facility was developed as part of the Councils PFI Integrated Waste Management Services Contract). Since opening the facility has successfully recycled green waste received via the 14 household waste recycling sites in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove as well as green waste from Hastings & Rother's kerbside collection schemes.
Bags of compost are 50ltrs in capacity and cost £3.50 each or 3 for £10.
You can now recycle your old batteries in special bins located at the Bexhill, Battle and Rye Customer Help Points and the Town Hall.
These are for dry domestic batteries only. Car batteries must be taken to the recycling facilities at Mountfield or Pebsham.
When we can't get to you...
With our contractor Verdant, we make over 4 million collections of rubbish and recycling every year, 99.98% of which are first time and satisfactory. Our apologies if we've ever missed your bin.
Service disruption may be caused by adverse weather conditions, emergencies or immediate road closures outside of our control. While we will do our very best to complete works on the scheduled day, this may not always be possible.
We will always try to keep residents advised of any service interruptions, and the more serious events will have notes on the front page of Rother District Councils Website
In extreme situations, our priority will always be to maintain the collection of black wheelie bins and rubbish and to clear any backlog as soon as possible.