Residents across Stockton Borough are being reminded of changes that will affect their waste and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period.
As the Christmas and New Year bank holidays fall when collections would usually be made, there will be changes to household refuse and recycling collections.
To help ensure that any inconvenience is minimal, Stockton Council's Care For Your Area Team will work on two Saturdays over the festive period.
All collections scheduled for Thursday 25 December will be made on Saturday 27 December. Collections for Friday 26 December will take place on Monday 29 December.
During New Year week, collections will happen as normal on Wednesday 31 December. Collections set for Thursday 1 January will occur on Friday 2 January. Collections planned for Friday 2 January will be made on Saturday 3 January.
Normal collections resume from Tuesday 6 January onward.
Christmas trees will be collected as part of normal refuse collection. Residents are advised to place their trees out with their wheeled bin on their normal collection day during the week commencing Monday 5 January.
Councillor David Rose, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "The Care For Your Area team work extremely hard to avoid any inconvenience caused by Bank Holidays falling on normal collection days but these changes are unavoidable.
"There will undoubtedly be a larger amount of rubbish gathered as people enjoy the festive period with friends and family but there are plenty of opportunities to recycle rather than disposing of rubbish in regular dustbins.
"Glass bottles and aluminium cans can be recycled as well as wrapping paper, cards and boxes."
Households across the Borough have been sent a booklet listing the Christmas collections, together with all refuse, recycling and green waste collection dates for 2015.