Get Christmas all wrapped up as soon as the party season is over – that was the message from town hall refuse chiefs.
Arrangements for festive rubbish collections have now been announced so families can look forward to getting their homes ship shape in time for the New Year.
Two bags of extra recyclable waste will be taken from residences along with the usual general waste collections for properties with wheeled bins – in a bid to help clear away the Christmas debris.
That means getting rid of used wrapping paper, gift boxes, food packaging and cards should be simple.
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, told The Gazette: “Christmas is going to be a busy time for everyone and there is bound to be a lot of used cardboard boxes and Christmas cards which need recycling.
“We’ve managed to keep disruption to people’s bin collections to the absolute minimum, meaning all the waste can be taken away and recycled, promptly after Christmas.”
There is just one change to collection days over the Christmas and New Year period for people living in Blackpool.
Collections which were due on Boxing Day will now be collected on Christmas Eve instead.
Affected properties have already been notified of this change. All other collections will take place as normal.
Getting rid of Christmas trees after the festive season can also prove a headache.
But Blackpool residents can recycle their real trees through their usual green bins.
Trees more than six feet in size will need to be cut in half to be collected.
For businesses, trade waste collections will also continue with just one change.
Collections due on Christmas Day will now take place on Boxing Day.
For people wanting to dispose of larger good, residents are asked to note the Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Bristol Avenue, Bispham will be closed between December 25 and 27 and January 1 and 2.
The final bulky matters collection of the year will take place today with the service set to resume in the New Year on Wednesday January 4.