Winter wise

Keep smart

Gritting, and clearing ice and snow

We’ll help Camden keep moving this winter.

We have access to over 1,000 tonnes of grit to keep roads and footpaths clear of snow and ice. Grit is spread on priority routes and footpaths across Camden. These include transport hubs, main roads, bus routes and the road network around schools, hospitals and emergency service depots. We don’t have the resources to grit every road across the borough and we prioritise the ones we do based on a number of factors. We aim to grit as many streets as possible where resources and weather allows. 

Learn more:

Preparing for an emergency

Winter recycling and rubbish

Many homes have more waste during the winter. Over Christmas we generate around 30% more, and most of this can be recycled.

All of your Christmas cards, wine bottles, glass jars and lids, plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays, foil, tins and cans and drinks cartons can be recycled. You can also recycle most wrapping paper. A good way to check is to scrunch it up – if it stays scrunched it can be recycled, if it unfolds please put it in your rubbish. Remember, if in doubt, keep it out.

Food waste

Over the festive period food waste increases by up to 80% compared to the rest of the year. In the UK, we buy around 10 million turkeys, 370 million mince pies, 25 million Christmas puddings, sip 250 million pints of beer and open 35 million bottles of wine. Much of this will go to waste.

Please use our food caddies for all of your cooked and uncooked food waste - from scraps and peelings to leftovers and out-of-date items.

You can also find excellent recipes at to turn your leftovers into delicious winter meals.

Waste and recycling collections

Your scheduled collection day will be different over Christmas and New Year.

We will also be writing to all residents subscribed to the garden waste collections.  

During the festive season we’ll  be collecting their garden waste on the same days that we’ll be collecting  food waste, recycling and rubbish. This will make sure all collections can be made over the festive period. 

Normal recycling and food collection day

Your Christmas  collection day  for food waste, recycling, rubbish (and garden waste if subscribed) –    2 days later

Monday 25 December

Wednesday 27 December

Tuesday 26 December

Thursday 28 December

Wednesday 27 December

Friday 29 December

Thursday 28 December

Saturday 30 December

Friday 29 December

Sunday 31 December

Normal recycling and food collection day

Your New Year collection day  for  food waste, recycling rubbish (and garden waste if subscribed) – 1 day later

Monday 1 January

Tuesday 2 January

Tuesday 2 January

Wednesday 3 January

Wednesday 3 January

Thursday 4 January

Thursday 4 January

Friday 5 January

Friday 5 January

Saturday 6 January

All collection services will return to normal from Monday 8 January 2018 - with Saturday garden waste collections restarting for subscribers on 13 January.

Christmas tree recycling

If you have a ‘real’ Christmas tree, please recycle  by taking it to one of our recycling points and we’ll compost it so it can be used to grow new ones. Please remember to remove any decorations.

 The following Christmas tree recycling points will be open between Tuesday 2 and Friday 12 January 2018:


Millfield Lane


Boma Garden Centre, Islip Street

Regis Road Recycling and Reuse Centre

Highgate enclosures, Highgate Road (between Glenhurst Avenue and Lissenden Gardens, just inside the gate on the Lissenden Gardens side)

Talacre Road open space 


Camden Garden Centre, 2 Barker Drive 

Purchese Street Open Space

Goldington Crescent Gardens

Harrington Square Gardens 

Cumberland Market Square 

Chalcot Square Gardens

Camden Gardens, Camden Street 


East Heath Road (Hampstead Heath) car park

Eton Avenue, junction with Lancaster Grove

Netherhall Gardens

Jack Straw’s Castle car park


Fortune Green Road open space

Kilburn Grange Park, Messina Avenue


Russell Square

Brunswick Square Gardens

The Calthorpe Project

If you live in Camden Council estate, please look out for details locally of where to recycle your Christmas tree. 

Recycling electrical goods

Have you recently got an upgrade on an old electrical product? Has your toaster, fridge or TV has stopped working? You can recycle most old electrical items by dropping them off at the Regis Road recycling centre, using one of our on-street small electrical recycling bins, or, if it’s a larger item, you can book  collection through Clearabee

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