Christmas closure and bin collections

Christmas closure and Emergency Numbers

The Town Council offices and Thame Information Centre will be closed from 4:30pm on Friday 22 December 2017 to 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018. During this time, please use the contact numbers below in the case of an emergency:

Emergency Services
999 (or 101 for non-emergency police matters).

Oxfordshire Highways
03453 101 111

Waste Collections (BIFFA)
03000 610 610

Oxfordshire County Council Switchboard
01865 792422

South Oxfordshire District Council Emergency Helpline
01235 422420 

Thame Town Council Emergency Number

Christmas Lights (Blachere Illuminations)
07714 209903

In the event of bad weather, please visit Oxfordshire County Council’s website at for the latest updates on gritting routes and safety messages.


Christmas Bin Collections

Bin collection dates will change over the festive period. Use the table below to find out what date you need to put your bins out, if your bins are usually collected on Mondays. Please visit South Oxfordshire’s website for the full list of Christmas bin collection dates. You can also download their new ‘Binzone‘ smartphone app.

Usual Collection Date

Revised Collection Date

Bins to put out for collection

 Monday 25 December

 Wednesday 27 December

 Grey and food

 Monday 1 January

Wednesday 3 January 

 Green and food (no garden waste)

 Monday 8 January

Tuesday 9 January 

Grey and food 

Monday 15 January

Monday 15 January

Green, food, garden waste


‘Can I recycle that?’

South Oxfordshire District Council have put together a handy festive guide for which bins to put your rubbish, food and recycling waste in. Click on the image below to view it. You’ll probably have extra waste over Christmas and most of this can be recycled. You can put out extra recycling in a cardboard box or clear sack next to your green wheelie bin. Extra food waste can be put into a thin plastic or compostable bag and left on top of your food bin. 


Christmas Tree Recycling

If you’re a garden waste customer, your real Christmas tree will be collected from you during the week commencing Monday 15 January -simply put it out next to your brown bin. Please don’t put it in the bin as this makes it tricky for the crews to get out. Alternatively, you can recycle your Christmas Tree at the Cattlemarket car park, North Street, Thame until Saturday 13 January 2018. Trees left after this date and artificial trees will not be collected.


Thame Market

Thame’s weekly Tuesday Charter Market will be closed on Tuesday 26 December 2017, and will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday 2 January 2018.



During the festive period, many bus operators will follow alternative timetables with routes either running at a reduced frequency or finishing significantly earlier than usual. The ‘Thame and Area Transport’ website has posted information about changes to local bus services between 24 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.


The Town Council wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Date posted: Tuesday 19 December 2017.