Oldham Council is informing residents about changes and restrictions to services over Christmas and the New Year.
As in previous years many public services and facilities run by the local authority and its partners are scaled down during the holiday period.
Emergency out-of-hours services will remain available for urgent situations such as social care, but residents should only use them in genuine cases.
The services affected, and details of emergency contact numbers, are on the council’s website and full details of the closure arrangements should also be displayed on posters in the affected venues.
There will be no waste collections on December 25, 26 and 1 Jan and affected households have received a leaflet with all the relevant information about the changes to their collections.
Waste and recycling can also be taken to Arkwright Street Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Oldham, OL9 9LZ or your nearest facility. The centres are closed on December 25 and January 1.
You can recycle your Christmas tree by either cutting it into small pieces and putting it in your garden bin or by taking it to Arkwright Street Household Waste and Recycling centre or to one of the following recycling ‘drop off’ points from December 22 to January 28:
- Higher Memorial Park (car park), Joseph St, Failsworth (open dawn til dusk)
- Royton Park (car park) off Bleasdale St, Royton (anytime access)
- Werneth Park (car park) off Frederick St, Werneth (open dawn til dusk)
- Churchill Playing Fields (car park), Wellington Road, Greenfield (anytime access)
To find out what you can recycle, check your postcode and view dates of your collection, visit www.oldham.gov.uk/waste
Councillor Abdul Jabbar, Cabinet Member for Finance and Human Resources said: “Our Christmas closure scheme has been running for many years and again we’ve planned so that residents are largely unaffected.
“At this time of year, it’s usually very quiet for the core services we provide. Therefore, it makes good, economic sense for Council staff to take three days unpaid leave (December 27, 28, 29) so the Christmas shutdown can take place.
“This saves money for Council taxpayers by enabling us to shut down systems such as heating in council buildings.
“It is important people are aware of these arrangements and know that many of our usual services are shut.
“We’d like to reassure residents that if they have an urgent need there will be staff and resources available to provide assistance, but please only contact us if you have a genuine need.
“We’d also like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and New Year.”