Christmas and New Year information

  • Christmas and New Year Information

Opening hours

Most Plymouth City Council offices will be closed from Christmas Day and will reopen on Wednesday 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 will be picked up on Saturday 29 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 be picked up on Friday 4 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
Monday 24 December - Christmas Eve Monday 24 December - Christmas Eve
Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day Thursday 27 December
Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day Friday 28 December
Thursday 27 December Saturday 29 December
Monday 31 December - New Year's Eve Monday 31 December - New Year's Eve
Tuesday 1 January - News Year's Day Wednesday 2 January
Wednesday 2 January Thursday 3 January
Thursday 3 January Friday 4 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 bring wood chipping machines to locations across the city from Monday 7 January until Wednesday 16 January.

When Where

Monday 7 January 2019

8.30am to 12.30pm

Plympton St Marys Car Park, Market Road PL71QW

Ringmore Way Car Park, West Park PL5 3QG

Monday 14 January 2019

1.30pm to 3.30pm

The Broadway Car Park, Plymstock PL9 4AU

Street Scenes Services Depot, Outland Road PL2 3DE

Tuesday 8 January 2019

8.30am to 12.30pm

Crownhill Car Park, Morshed Road PL6 5AH

Brickfields Car Park, Devonport PL1 4PH

Tuesday 15 January 2019

1.30pm to 3.30pm

Church Street Car Park, Stoke PL3 4DT

Grassed area, Normandy Way, St Budeaux PL5 1SW

Wednesday 9 January 2019

8.30am to 12.30pm

Car Park, Fort Austin Avenue PL6 5SR

Civic Centre Car Park PL1 1DU

Wednesday 16 January 2019

1.30pm to 3.30pm

Southway Car Park, Flamborough Road PL6 3FJ

Trefusis Park Car Park, Efford PL3 5AG

Housing

Housing Support 1st Stop opening times:

  • Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
  • Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): Closed
  • Thursday 27 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 28 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 29 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve): 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 1 January (New Year's Day): Closed
  • Wednesday 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 for a range of additional support information. 

1st Stop

The 1st Stop shop opening times:

  • Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
  • Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): Closed
  • Thursday 27 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 28 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 29 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve): 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 1 January (New Year's Day): Closed
  • Wednesday 2 January: Normal hours and services resume

Libraries

  • Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): 1pm to 4pm (Central Library only)
  • Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): Closed
  • Thursday 27 December: 9am to 5pm (Central Library only)
  • Friday 28 December: 9am to 5pm (Central Library only)
  • Saturday 29 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve): 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 1 January (New Year's Day): Closed
  • Wednesday 2 January: Normal hours and services resume

Efford, Estover, North Prospect, Peverell and West Park Libraries will operate normal hours on Christmas Eve, Saturday 29 December and New Year’s Eve.

Register Office

Plymouth Register Office opening times:

  • Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
  • Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): Closed
  • Thursday 27 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 28 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 29 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve): 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 1 January (New Year's Day): Closed
  • Wednesday 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 will be closed from Christmas Eve and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January at 9.30am.

    Leisure centres and swimming pools

    Find out the Christmas opening times opening times for: