Council provides extra bin collections over Christmas period

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Penrith City Council is providing additional waste services including extra bin collections, two recycling drop-off weeks and a Christmas tree recycling day this Christmas and New Year to assist households with any extra waste they may have from the festive period.

Council will provide two weeks of extra bin collections from Friday, December 25 to Thursday, January 7, including public holidays, where residents can place all three bins at the kerbside for collection each week the night before their normal collection day.

“We are providing two weeks of additional collections, similar to services provided in past years, to cater for the increase in household waste and recycling around the Christmas and New Year holiday period,” Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said.

“To make sure all the bins are emptied, the truck drivers are starting early and working late into the evening, so please leave your bins out at the kerbside the night before your normal collection day and leave them out until they are emptied.”

The recycling drop-off days are for residents to properly dispose of household recyclables at their convenience.

The drop-off days will be available at Jamison Park from 3pm until 6pm every weekday from Monday, December 21 through to Thursday, December 31, excluding public holidays.

Council will be accepting all normal household recyclables that would go into the yellow-lidded bin, including glass bottles and jars, milk and juice cartons, paper and cardboard, plastic bottles and containers, and steel and aluminium cans.

Non-recyclable items such as polystyrene will not be accepted, however this can be dropped off at Penrith’s Community Recycling Centre. For more information, visit

The special Christmas tree drop-off on Saturday, January 9 will be at Jamison Park from 10am until 2pm where real trees will be collected and mulched. Artificial trees will not be accepted on the day and Council recommends residents who want to dispose of old and unwanted artificial trees book a bulky waste collection or break them down and place them into their red-lidded residual bin.

As part of the drop-off events COVID-19 safe plan, residents are requested to pack their drop-off items in the boot of their car and remain in their vehicles while staff unpack the boot to ensure a safe distance is maintained at all times.

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