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Find your nearest household waste
To find out how to report an abandoned vehicle see the abandoned vehicles web page.
If you own a vehicle you want to dispose of, we can do this
for you free of charge, see our vehicle surrender scheme web
Recycle empty aerosol cans at your local household waste recycling centres or local
recycling site, but please remember - do not squash or pierce
Aluminium can be recycled over and over again, saving natural
resources and energy. Food tins and drink cans may be either
aluminium or steel and most local
councils collect these items via a kerbside recycling scheme.
Cans may also be deposited in the metal container at household waste recycling centres, or in the can
banks at a local recycling site.
Aluminium foil, food trays, milk bottle tops etc
Most Councils collect cleaned foil as part of their kerbside
recycling scheme - check first on your local
council’s website. If you are unsure whether something is
pure foil or not, scrunch it together and see if it stays
scrunched. If it does, it is foil and can be recycled.
Foil items can be placed in the metal containers at the
household waste recycling centres or can be placed in can banks at
This material may pose a risk to health if not disposed of
As of 1 October 2012 you can take these materials to the
following Household Waste Recycling Centres for a small charge.
North Farm (Tunbridge Wells),
Dunbrik (Sevenoaks), Pepperhill (Dartford and Gravesend),
Dover, Sittingbourne. Further sites will accept these
materials later this year.
Asbestos taken to these selected sites is limited to one sack or
equivalent per visit and a charge of £5.00 applies.
Please note that asbestos is taken at your own risk.
We advise asbestos should be securely double bagged or wrapped
in plastic sheeting before being brought to the sites.
Keep asbestos damp to help prevent the release of fibres. Do not
break or cut the asbestos to fit into the bags, even if it is damp.
We also advise you wear protective gloves and a face mask when
handling hazardous materials such as asbestos.
We have designated asbestos containers at the specific centres,
which are kept locked for health and safety reasons so please see a
member of staff on site. If the container is full and awaiting a
collection we will not be able to accept your asbestos waste. To
find out if the container is available please call 0845 345
Asbestos products collected at the specific centres are
transported to a designated licensed landfill site for safe
For large quantities, or if you require a company to dispose of
the asbestos, see 'Waste Disposal' in Yellow Pages, or contact the
Asbestos Removal Contractors Association for a company near you on
Find out more about asbestos removal.
Pass onto friends and families for reuse. If in good condition,
you could take them to a charity shop, jumble sale, baby clinic or
playgroup where other people could make good use of them. You can
also place clothes in the textile banks at household waste recycling centres and local
recycling sites for reuse or recycling.
council may collect these items as a bulky waste collection,
contact your local council for charges. Alternatively, they can be
taken to the household waste recycling
centres. Some centres will accept ceramic sinks and
toilets in the soil and rubble container for recycling -
please check with a member of site staff. Plastic sinks and baths
should be placed in the non-recyclable section. Please note, we
will only accept one bathroom suite per householder per visit.
Car batteries are accepted at all Kent Household Waste Recycling
Centres. If you are changing the battery in your car, take the old
battery to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre and place it
in the designated container where it will be transported to a
specialist company for recycling. Car batteries must not be placed
in your black sacks or wheelie bins.
Batteries (dry cell and portable)
Dry cell and portable batteries
includes the batteries used around the home, such as AA and all the
various sizes that fit inside toys and household equipment. This
also includes rechargeable batteries and batteries used in mobile
phones and laptops. Please do not place batteries into the rubbish
bin. Instead, you can take them to any of our household waste recycling centres, or use the
boxes provided in
your local Kent County Council library. Many large retail
stores also have a container for batteries.
Consider using rechargeable batteries which last longer, save
resources and could save you money in the long run.
Furniture in good condition could be reused - you could contact
project who may be able to collect.
If the item is for disposal, you can either take it to your
local household waste recycling centre
or contact your local council for a bulky collection (a charge
may be made for this service).
We do not accept beer barrels at the household waste recycling
centres, please contact the brewery which originally supplied the
barrels as they can reuse them.
Explore Kent offer information on cycle hire and repair . You could try contacting
a second-hand cycle shop which may be interested in purchasing the
bicycle. There may also be bicycle repair projects or charities
local to you interested in using the bicycle for parts. Otherwise,
bicycles can be recycled at your local household waste recycling centre in the metal
Small boats (such as rowing boats) made from wood or fibre glass
can be broken up and taken to the Household
Waste Recycling Centres only if they have been used for
personal use. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept petrol at the centres.
Boats used for commercial purposes are classed as business waste.
There are book banks available at many local selected
recycling sites for hard and paper back books, contact your
for details of which banks you have in your area. At the household waste recycling centres, books
are accepted in the paper and card container. They will then be
pulped and made into paper and card at paper mills mostly in Kent
and the UK, see paper and cardboard.
Books can also be taken to local charity or second-hand shops
See plastic and
Cardboard boxes can be recycled at the household waste recycling centres or a local
Removal boxes should be returned to the removal company for
Can be taken to charity shops, jumble sales, and boot fairs for
Can be recycled at the household waste
recycling centres. please place in the soil and rubble
As of 1 October 2012 the amount of soil, rubble and hardcore
(including bricks) will be limited to:
- 90kg (190lbs) per visit by a single vehicle of combined
- This weight represents the amount you could fit easily in a
standard hatchback car boot
- To help you, 33 bricks is equivalent to 90kg
council operates a bulky waste collection scheme for items
which are too large to go into the normal collections or local
bring banks. A charge may be made for this service.
Large, bulky, non-recyclable items can be taken to your
local household waste recycling centre
where they will be disposed of.
Local charity and second-hand shops may be able to make use of