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Food tins and drink cans can be deposited in a can bank at
recycling sites or you can put cans in the metal container at your
local household waste recycling
centre. Some local councils may also collect cans as part of
their kerbside recycling collection scheme.
Cans should be rinsed out before you take them for recycling
(use your washing up water if possible). There is no need to remove
labels from food tins as they will be removed during the recycling
Crushing the cans before putting them into can banks will mean
more can fit into the bin before it gets emptied, which saves fuel
Did you know?
Metal for recycling can be identified as two types: ferrous
(mainly iron and steel), and non-ferrous (mainly aluminium). You
can tell the difference by using a magnet. Ferrous metal is
Recycling aluminium saves up to 95% of the energy needed to
produce new aluminium from bauxite. Recycling 1 tonne of steel cans
saves 1.36 tonnes of iron ore and over 3.5 barrels of oil.
Most can banks in Kent accept all types of drink cans and food
tins, which are usually separated at the recycling plant by
A few can banks may specify a certain material and ask for drink
cans or aluminium cans only. You may find local community groups
which collect aluminium cans and foil to gain funds for their
projects. Aluminium attracts a higher price than steel.
Aluminium Packaging Recycling
Older caravans may have scrap metal value so it is worth asking
a local scrap metal merchant. Most modern caravans have more
plastic content along with other mixed materials so can not be
recycled, however, there are companies who specialise in caravan
Some people like to re-use old caravans so it may be worth
trying to sell it or advertise on a re-use website such as freecycle.
Abandoning a caravan is illegal and you may be liable to pay
statutory fees if the council have to remove it.
Cardboard can be taken for recycling to any household waste recycling
centre or to a local recycling site and put in
the paper and card container. Please check the labels on recycling
banks as some only accept either paper or card.
local council may collect cardboard via a
kerbside recycling scheme.
Did you know?
Cardboard can also be composted. Torn into small pieces,
cardboard can be usefully added to the heap to balance the carbon
content of kitchen and garden waste, especially if the heap is too
Many charity shops accept cards for recycling. Alternatively you
may like to re-use them by turning them into gift tags for
presents. The household waste recycling centres accept cards for
recycling, as do local recycling sites.
When you order a new carpet, ask if the supplier can take the
old one away as many shops are able to send these for recycling,
which is currently not an option at the household waste recycling
centre. Carpets that are in a good clean
condition may be accepted to be re-used by a local
charity or furniture re-use group. Carpet can
also be used in the garden to stop weeds and makes excellent
insulation for compost heaps, speeding up the composting
Alternatively, carpets can be taken to household waste recycling
centre and placed in the non-recyclable section, or
collected as a bulky waste collection by your local council (a
charge may be made for this service). Contact your local council for
Say ‘no’ to carrier bags and re-use your own bags where
possible. You can also re-use carrier bags to line waste bins in
the home. Some charity shops appreciate carrier bag donations or
you can save them for boot fairs. Many supermarkets now have
carrier bag recycling containers.
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 page
Most local councils collect catalogues as part of their kerbside
collection scheme, contact your local council for further details. These can be
put into the paper banks at the household waste recycling centres
or recycling sites.
CDs and DVDs
Check with local charity shops as some take DVDs and
CDs. Check your local council to see if there are any charity
recycling banks near you that can accept these items. The
household waste recycling
centres can accept these for disposal only.
Chemicals (including mercury)
It is important that chemicals are disposed of carefully.
Pesticides are accepted at a large proportion of household waste recycling
centre see pesticides. Other domestic hazardous
waste chemicals are currently accepted at the
following household waste recycling centres for safe
This waste is collected from site by a specialist
contractor. The contractor inspects, sorts and packs the waste with
other like materials for onward transportation for safe disposal,
usually by high temperature incineration.
Petrol is not accepted at any site, see petrol.
Old trees can be taken to the household waste recycling
centres and placed in the green garden waste
containers for composting. Your local council may also be able to take your
real Christmas tree for composting if they provide a kerbside green
garden waste collection service.
Alternatively, why not buy a Christmas tree in a pot or with a root
that can be planted in the garden for use the following year! Some
companies now also hire real Christmas trees which are re-planted
Artificial trees are designed to be re-used again and again, but
if you do decide it’s past its best, you can take it to the
household waste recycling
centres; trees with a large proportion of metal may go
into the metal container, whilst plastic trees currently go into
the waste disposal containers.
Civic amenity sites
See household waste recycling
If you have clinical waste for disposal, contact your local council for
collection. Please do not put any clinical waste into your
recycling collection container.
For more information, see our disposal of
medical needles page.
Charity shops welcome clean, dry, good quality items. You can
also take clothes for recycling to your local household waste recycling
centre or recycling site, where good quality clothing
is sorted and delivered to developing countries for re-use. Worn or
torn clothing is recycled into flocking and industrial
When buying clothing, if you don’t need the hangers, ask the
retailer to retain them. You can also take hangers back to many
retailers for re-use or recycling. Charity shops sometimes require
clothes hangers. Metal hangers can also be placed in the metal
containers at household waste
See our business waste section. A
commercial waste service may be available through your local
Composting reduces waste significantly. Ideal items for
composting include grass cuttings, vegetable peelings, tea bags,
fruit cores and egg shells. Green garden waste can also be taken to
the household waste recycling
centres where it is composted into a peat-free soil
For more information look at our composting pages.
Some organisations take surplus or redundant computers for
refurbishment and re-use. Domestic computers and IT
equipment can be taken to your local household waste recycling centre. Monitors
should be placed in the TV's and monitors container, while other
computer or IT equipment such as keyboards, printers and
laptops should be placed in the small electrical appliances
container. We cannot accept responsibility for protecting personal
data left on computers. The recycling process does break up
the parts and the risk of data theft is minimal, however please
wipe personal files prior to recycling or re-use.
If you have a cooker that can be re-used you may be able to
donate it to charity, such as the British Heart
Foundation’s furniture and electrical shops. Domestic cookers
can be taken to the household waste
recycling centres for recycling. Alternatively,
contact your local
council who may provide a collection service (a charge may
be made for this service).
Residents can recycle their used cooking oil at household waste recycling
centres across Kent (excluding Hawkinge).
Just one litre of used cooking oil can be converted into a
renewable energy fuel and is enough to produce clean
electricity to make 240 cups of tea!
The use of used cooking oil in electricity generation reduces
carbon emissions, meaning that everyone can play a part in building
Britain's renewable energy capacity.
Please ensure you use the correct container on site, ask a
member of staff if you are unsure.
For further information, watch the cooking
oil recycling scheme television coverage.
For advice on how and where to dispose of cooking oil from
businesses such as restaurants and caterers, please visit the
Return re-usable crates to original owner.
Cutlery and crockery in reasonable condition may be suitable for
re-use via charities or re-sale. Broken metal cutlery can be
recycled in the metal container at the household waste recycling
These can usually be put into the paper banks at recycling sites
unless the bank states otherwise. Alternatively, they can be placed
in the mixed card and paper containers at any household waste recycling
Disposable food and drinks ware
These are not able to be recycled easily especially once used,
so try reducing the need for plastic cutlery and glasses, and paper
plates, by hiring for parties instead.
Bins for dog waste are provided by your local council in public areas such as parks
etc. If you do need to dispose of dog waste at home, please
double wrap it and put in the refuse bin in small
quantities. Larger amounts may cause offence.
Wheeled bins and recycling boxes remain the property of the
local council. Contact your local council if you have any
enquiries about them or the collection of your waste and
See CDs and DVDs.