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Christmas and New Year

Christmas updates

Most non critical services close on Tuesday 24 December 2013 at 5pm and reopen on Thursday 2 January 2014 at 9am. 

However if you have any emergencies please contact us. Our emergency phone line will be staffed throughout the holidays.

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Christmas shopping in Rochdale

There’s lots of festive fun in town, including an ice rink and log cabins, plus take part in an independent Christmas shopping crawl.  There's extended opening hours and free parking too.


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Buy a Christmas tree

You can buy an environmentally friendly Christmas tree specially selected sustainable trees at Bowlee Nursery Christmas trees.


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Christmas recycling

Make sure your bins don't overflow and see what festive waste can go in which bin.


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Recycle your Christmas tree

When the festivities are over, recycle your real Christmas tree at one of our Christmas tree recycling points.


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Christmas energy saving tips

Lots of tips to save on your energy bills this Christmas.


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Live well

Advice, support and useful contacts to keep you fit and healthy over the festive break and into 2014.

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Christmas opening times

Whether you're visiting a library, council customer information point, housing office, leisure centre or other council service over the holidays, please check their opening times.


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Changes to bin collections

There may be changes to your refuse and recycling collections.  Ensure you're clear on when to put your bins out for collection.


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Housing Benefit payments

Housing Benefit payments will be issued as normal over Christmas and New Year. But if you still receive your payment by cheque this may arrive later than normal due to the high volumes of post being delivered by the Royal Mail.


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Snow and adverse weather conditions

Check for sudden changes to services plus get updates on weather, gritting, roadworks and more.


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Food safety tips this Christmas

Cook the perfect Christmas turkey with some tips on defrosting and cooking poultry safely, and how to store leftovers.