Christmas and New Year information

  • Christmas and New Year Information

Opening hours

Most Plymouth City Council offices, including our 1st Stop Shop, will be open until Christmas Eve and will reopen on Thursday 2 January.

Call 01752 668000 in an emergency.

Rubbish and recycling

Bin collections pause on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, collections after the break will be two days later than usual as we continue the rounds. That means bins due on Thursday 26 will be picked up on Saturday 28 December.

Bin collections also stop on New Year’s Day, so don’t forget to put your bins out a day later than usual for the rest of the week, meaning bins due on Thursday 2 January will be picked up on Friday 3 January. 

This could change in very bad weather. Check your bin day to find out when your bins will be emptied.

Normal Collection Day Revised Collection Day
Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day Friday 27 December
Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day Saturday 28 December
Monday 30 December No change
Tuesday 31 December - New Year's Eve No change
Wednesday 1 January - New Year's Day Thursday 2 January
Thursday 2 January Friday 3 January
Chelson Meadow and Weston Mill Recycling Centres are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Christmas trees

We will not be picking up Christmas trees from outside your homes but, will collect from locations across the city for recycling from Monday 6 January until Thursday 9 January.

Trees can also be taken to your nearest household recycling centre.

 

Morning 8.30am - 11am

Afternoon 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Monday 6 January

The Broadway car park, Plymstock PL9 4AU

Windmill pub car park, Leigham, PL6 8QB

 

Ringmore Way car park, West Park PL5 3QG

Trefusis car park, Efford PL3 5AG

Tuesday 7 January

Crownhill car park, Morshed Road PL6 5AH

Brickfields car park, Devonport PL1 4PH

 

Plympton St Mary car park, Market Road PL7 1QW

Southway car park, Flamborough Road PL6 3FJ

Wednesday 8 January

Church Street car park, Stoke PL3 4DT

Grassed area, Normandy Way, St Budeaux PL5 1SW

Thursday 9 January

Fort Austin car park, Fort Austin Avenue PL6 5SR

Civic Centre car park, Princess Street PL1 2TG

Mon 13 January

Brickfields car park, Devonport, PL1 4NE

 

Or take it to your nearest household recycling centre, check opening times at www.plymouth.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

Housing

Housing support from the 1st Stop Shop:

  • Monday 23 December: Open as normal
  • Tuesday 24 December (Christmas Eve): Open as normal
  • Wednesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
  • Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day): Closed
  • Friday 27 December: homelessness advice service at Central Library from 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 28 December: Closed
  • Sunday 29 December: Closed
  • Monday 30 December: homelessness advice service at Central Library from 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 31 December (New Year's Eve): homelessness advice service at Central Library from 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January (New Year's Day): Closed
  • Thursday 2 January: Normal hours and services resume

For emergency support outside of these hours please call 01752 668000. 

If you are looking for further support agencies and services over the Christmas period please click here.

Libraries

  • Tuesday 24 December (Christmas Eve): closing at 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December (Christmas Day): closed
  • Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day): closed
  • Friday 27 December: Central Library open 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 28 December: Central Library open 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 29 December: closed
  • Monday 30 December: Central Library open 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 31 December (New Year's Eve): Central Library open 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January (New Year's Day): closed
  • Thursday 2 January: normal hours and services resume

Visit the libraries opening hours page here.

Register Office

Plymouth Register Office opening times:

  • Monday 23 December: Normal service
  • Tuesday 24 December (Christmas Eve): Normal service
  • Wednesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
  • Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day): Closed
  • Friday 27 December: Open 9am to 3.30pm
  • Saturday 28 December: Closed (Ceremonies only)
  • Sunday 29 December: Closed
  • Monday 30 December: Open 9am to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 31 December (New Year's Eve): Open 9am to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 January (New Year's Day): Closed
  • Thursday 2 January: Normal hours and services resume

School term dates

Check term dates and holidays to find out when the kids go back to school.

Transport

Local bus companies run special timetables over Christmas and the New Year and don't usually run on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day. Plan your bus journey to check when your local buses are running.

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry

The bridge and ferry don't charge a toll from midnight on 24 December to midnight on 25 December.

The Torpoint Ferry timetable changes over Christmas and the New Year but the ferry runs every day including Christmas Day.

    Archives

    Plymouth and West Devon Record Office closed in August in order to prepare for the move to The Box. The archive service will resume as normal at The Box in 2020.

    Leisure centres and swimming pools

    Find out the Christmas opening times on the websites below (look for the red banner at the top of the pages).