West Lothian residents are being urged to pay heed to changes to their bin collections over the holidays.
There will be no bin collections on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with only grey bins collected on Boxing Day and January 2.
West Lothian Council are asking that if your grey, blue or brown bin is due to be collected on Wednesday, either December 25 or January 1, please put it out the following Saturday, December 28 or January 4 instead.
If your blue or brown bin is due to be collected on Thursday, either December 26 or January 2, it should be put out the following Sunday, December 29, or January 5, instead.
Grey bins due on Thursdays, both December 26 and January 2, should be put out as normal.
All other collections are as scheduled. All bins should be out at the kerbside by 7am on their collection day, and left out until they are collected.
A number of factors can result in delayed collections at this time of year, so residents are asked to leave their bins out until they are emptied.
Daily updates in any delayed collections will be provided at www.westlothian.gov.uk/bin-collection-updates.
If your bin has been out for two working days and has still not been emptied, report it at www.westlothian.gov.uk/missed-bins.
Householders should check their calendar if they aren’t sure which bin is due for collection or visit www.westlothian.gov.uk/bins to check.
They can also register for email reminders on your collections.
All five of West Lothian’s recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with Blackburn, Broxburn and Linlithgow opening extended hours from 10am to 5pm on Boxing Day and Thursday January 2 to help local residents.
Recycling centres will be open their usual hours on all other days. To check times, please visit www.westlothian.gov.uk/recycling-centre-opening-times.
No bulky uplifts will take place between December 18 and January 6 to allow resources to be concentrated on wheeled bin collections.
Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn said the holiday season means extra planning is needed for refuse collections.
He added: “The festive period is a challenging time for collections, due to a number of factors such as increased volumes of recycling and waste, bad weather and holidays.
“This year, we are limiting disruption for local residents by only moving certain collections on Wednesdays and Thursdays, both December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 2, to the weekend afterwards.
“All other collections are as scheduled, and we have extended opening hours at three local recycling centres on Boxing Day and January 2 to assist local residents.
“Thanks to all our dedicated staff, who give up time with their friends and families at this time of year to deliver essential services over the festive season.”