Bin collections in Greenwich borough will operate on a special timetable during this year’s holiday period.

A calendar is available on the council’s website for residents wishing to check revised collection dates.

Collections scheduled between December 25 and December 29 will take place two days later.

This means waste scheduled to be picked up on December 26 will be collected on December 28 instead.

Those expecting collections between January 1 and January 5 have also been asked to leave out their rubbish one day later than scheduled.

Normal collection days are planned to resume on January 8, but residents have been asked to bear with the council if there are any delays.

Real Christmas trees can also be collected as part of residents’ food and garden waste collections.

Tree decorations should be removed and the tree can be left beside residents’ green top wheelie bins.

Artificial Christmas trees can be taken to the recycling centre on Nathan Way in Abbey Wood or picked up in a bulky waste collection.

No clinical collections are scheduled to take place on December 25, 26 or January 1. The authority said it plans to catch up on these collections throughout the week.

The council said in a statement: “The Christmas and New Year period is a busy time of year that we all want to enjoy with family and friends, which is the same for our staff too. We will run a reduced service over the festive period and it will take longer for our staff to clear the extra waste that is produced.

"We will prioritise collecting your blue and black top bins, so you may find that your green top bin is emptied later than expected.”

A full calendar of waste collection dates over the holiday period can be found on the Greenwich Council website.