Derry City & Strabane - Boxing Day bin collections amended as Council confirm Christmas service arrangements




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Boxing Day bin collections amended as Council confirm Christmas service arrangements

20 December 2022

Derry City and Strabane District Council have announced some amendments to services during the Christmas holiday period.

The main changes relate to blue and brown bin collections which were due to take place on Boxing Day, Monday 26th December – these will now be lifted earlier on Christmas Eve on Saturday 24th December.

There are also minor changes to opening hours for Recycling Centres, Leisure Services and Visitors Services.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Sandra Duffy, urged the public to check the Council website before accessing services during the holiday period.

“In order to accommodate staff holidays we have made a number of tweaks to Council services over Christmas,” she explained.

“The majority of services are unaffected however to allow collection teams to have Boxing Day off, blue and brown bin collections will take place on Christmas Eve.

“This can be a busy period at Recycling Centres and we are grateful to staff who will work through the holidays to make sure their opening hours are largely unaffected.”

Recycling centres will be open Christmas Eve, Derry sites from 8am to 2pm and Strabane sites 10am to 2pm.

Recycling Centres will close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Cemeteries will also open as normal throughout the holiday period.

Council offices in Strand Road and the Derry Road in Strabane will close from Monday December 26th – Monday January 2nd inclusive, contact details for the various services are available at

Leisure Centres will close from December 24th – 26th and New Year’s Day with Brooke Park closing on the 27th and Bishops Field closed until New Year’s Day.

The Guildhall and Tower Museum will close on 24th, 25th and 26th of December as well as New Year’s Day and the Guildhall will close at the earlier time of 6pm from Wednesday 21st December to Friday December 31st.

The Alley Theatre will close from December 25th – 28th and January 1st and 2nd.

Registration offices in Derry and Strabane will close on from Monday December 26th – 28th with Derry offices opening on Thursday and Friday while Strabane will remain closed.

Both Registration offices will close on Monday January 2nd and reopen on January 3rd.

A full list of opening hours for the Christmas period are available at