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  1. Items starting with: A
    1. Abandoned vehicles

      Report abandoned vehicles to your local council.

      If you want to get rid of a vehicle you own we can do it for you.

    2. Aerosols

      Usually part of your recycling collection – check with your local council.

      Or take empty aerosols to:

      Don’t squash or pierce them.

    3. Aluminium

      Including foil, food trays and milk bottle tops.

      Usually part of your recycling collection – check with your local council.

      Take to:

    4. Asbestos

      Waste asbestos is accepted at all household waste recycling centres in Kent with the exception of the Sheerness site.

      No more than 5 sacks (or equivalent) per month.

      The asbestos must be:

      • double bagged or wrapped in heavy duty plastic sheeting
      • not sticking out from the packaging
      • no more than 10 feet (3 metres) x 5 feet (1.5 metres)
      • kept damp

      Wear protective gloves and a face mask and do not break or cut it.

      The asbestos container is kept locked for health and safety reasons. Please ask a member of staff on site to unlock the container for you. They will not be able to help you lift the asbestos.

      For large quantities, or if you need someone to collect the asbestos, contact the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association for a company near you.

  2. Items starting with: B
    1. Bathroom suites

      Check if your local council will collect bathroom suites.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centres (1 bathroom suite per visit).

    2. Batteries (car, dry cell, portable)

      Don't put batteries in your wheelie bins or black sacks.

      Car batteries

      Take to household waste recycling centres

      Other batteries

      Includes rechargeable, mobile phone and laptop batteries.

      Take to:

      Or check if your local council collects.

      Many shops and supermarkets also have containers in store for recycling batteries.

      If you are a Kent school, library, children's centre or Kent County Council facility and have a battery recycling box, you can arrange a collection by calling Valpak on 08450 682572 or visiting the Recycle More website.

    3. Beds

      Check if your local council or a furniture project will collect beds.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centres.

    4. Bikes

      Try second-hand cycle shops or charities or take to any household waste recycling centres.

    5. Bitumen

      Take to a licensed waste management facility.

      We can’t take anything containing bitumen at household waste recycling centres.

    6. Bricks

      Take to any household waste recycling centre (soil and rubble container).

      90kg (190lbs or about 33 bricks) per visit by a single vehicle – about what you can fit in a standard hatchback car boot.

  3. Items starting with: C
    1. Cans

      Usually part of your recycling collection – check with your local council.

      Or take to:

      Or see if a community project near you collects them to raise money.

      Please rinse and crush cans before recycling.

    2. Cardboard and card

      Usually part of your recycling collection – check with your local council.

      Or take to:

    3. Carpets

      Take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Or check whether:

      • your local council collects
      • a local charity or furniture re-use group will take it
      • the supplier of your new carpet will take it away.
    4. Carrier bags

      Some supermarkets have carrier bag containers. Or see if a charity shop could use them.

    5. Cars

      We can get rid of your vehicle for free if you don't want it anymore. You can report abandoned vehicles to your local council.

      Fill in the vehicle surrender form now.

      Or call 03000 41 73 73.

      You'll need the address and post code of exactly where the vehicle is and a daytime phone number.

      We'll pass your form to a company which can arrange a date and time to collect the vehicle.

      When the company collects the car

      Please have the keys and log book ready so you can sign the vehicle over to the person collecting it.

      They'll confirm the vehicle has been removed and destroyed and will let the DVLA know.

      When you sign the vehicle surrender form you are confirming:

      • you are the sole owner of the vehicle
      • the vehicle is not registered on a hire purchase agreement
      • you are surrendering ownership of the vehicle to us for free disposal
      • you are indemnifying us and our contractor against any damage caused to your property while removing the vehicle
      • there is no property left in the vehicle, other than the standard fittings supplied with the vehicle
      • the vehicle is in a place where it can be removed by machine without difficulty by the contractor.

      If you see a vehicle you think may be abandoned, please report it to your local council. It is a criminal offence to abandon a vehicle.

      Report an abandoned car.

    6. Cartons

      Usually part of your recycling collection – check with your local council.

    7. CDs

      Take to charity shops or a household waste recycling centre.

    8. Chemicals (including mercury)

      Take domestic hazardous waste to the following household waste recycling centres:

      See also - pesticides.

    9. Christmas trees

      Real Christmas trees

      Take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Check if your local council collects.

      Artificial Christmas trees

      Take to any household waste recycling centre.

    10. Clinical waste

      Contact your local council for collection.

      See also - disposal of medical needles.

    11. Clothes

      Take to any household waste recycling centre or local recycling bank.
    12. Computers

      Check if your local council collects or if a local community group can re-use it.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre. Please wipe personal files prior to recycling or reuse. We cannot accept responsibility for protecting personal data left on computers.

    13. Cookers

      Check if your local council collects.

      Or take to:

    14. Cooking oils

      From houses - see household waste recycling centres (cooking oil container).

      Find out about getting rid of cooking oil from businesses.

  4. Items starting with: D
    1. Dishwashers

      Check if your local council collects.

      Take to any household waste recycling centre.

    2. Duvets and pillows

      Take to any household waste recycling centre or see if a homeless charity wants them.

    3. DVDs

      Take to:

  5. Items starting with: E
    1. Electrical items

      Check whether your local council will collect.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centres.

      Do not put electrical items in your bins.

    2. Engine oil

      Take to any household waste recycling centre (there's a special container for it).

      Find out about getting rid of trade waste oil.

  6. Items starting with: F
    1. Fire extinguishers

      Take small domestic fire extinguishers to any household waste recycling centre (gas bottle container).

      Business fire extinguishers need to be disposed of by a specialist company - search online or check local listings for details.

    2. Fireworks

      Put out fully used fireworks with your non-recyclable rubbish. Make sure you’ve soaked them first.

      Always follow the firework code.

    3. Foam and polystyrene chips

      Put out with your non-recyclable rubbish.

    4. Fridges/freezers

      Check whether your local council will collect fridges and freezers.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Old fridges and freezers are hazardous waste due to the gases they contain. The gases have to be recovered safely before the fridges and freezers can be recycled.

      Please ensure that all food has been removed from fridges and freezers before delivery to HWRCs.

    5. Furniture

      Furniture projects can repair and re-use unwanted items:

      Visit the Furniture Reuse Network website.

      Your local council may also collect or you can take furniture to any household waste recycling centre.

  7. Items starting with: G
    1. Garden waste

      Check whether your local council collects green waste.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre.

      We accept grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, plants and branches up to 10cm wide.

      We don’t accept invasive weeds such as ragwort or Japanese knotweed.

    2. Gas bottles and cylinders

      Return to where you bought it or contact the manufacturer.

      Or take to a household waste recycling centre.

    3. Glass (bottles and jars)

      Usually part of your recycling collection – check with your local council.

      Or take to:

    4. Glass (sheet)

      Take to any household waste recycling centre (ask staff for help).

      Don’t put sheet glass in bottle banks.

  8. Items starting with: H
    1. Hardcore

      Take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Only 90kg (190lbs) per day (about what you can fit in a standard hatchback car boot. Equivalent to about 33 bricks.)

      For larger quantities you may need to consider hiring a skip or a company to remove the material.

      Trade or business hardcore is business waste.

    2. Household appliances

      Check whether your local council will collect.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre.

  9. Items starting with: K
    1. Knives

      Take to any household waste recycling centre (metal container).

      Do not put sharp knives in with your domestic rubbish or recycling collections as they could cause the collection crew harm.

  10. Items starting with: L
    1. Lamps, lighting, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes

      Take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Old-fashioned bulbs can’t be recycled - wrap in newspaper and put out with your rubbish.

    2. Lawnmowers

      Check whether your local council will collect.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Make sure petrol lawnmowers are empty as we can’t take petrol.

  11. Items starting with: M
    1. Mattresses

      Check whether your local council will collect.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Some shops may take back your old mattress.

    2. Medicines

      Take to your local chemist or pharmacy.

      See also needles.

    3. Metal

      Check whether your local council will collect.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre for recycling.

      For large items or commercial waste, contact a local scrap metal merchant.

    4. Mobile phones

      Take to any household waste recycling centre (small electrical appliances container).

      Attach the charger if available.

  12. Items starting with: N
    1. Nappies

      Add to your normal rubbish.

      Women's Environmental Network has information on reusable nappies.

    2. Needles

      If you administer medicines yourself you are responsible for getting rid of needles, syringes and other medical waste.

      Contact your local council about their clinical waste collections

      Never put needles or syringes with your household rubbish or recycling.

      Needles used for a non-medical purpose

      To get rid of needles that have been used for a non-medical purpose, visit the KDAAT website.

      Nursing homes and medical establishments

      You should arrange for this type of collection through your normal waste collection contractor.

  13. Items starting with: O
    1. Oil tanks

      There are a few companies who may be able to offer a collection service. See the Waste Directory for details.
  14. Items starting with: P
    1. Paint

      Paint can only be taken to your local household waste recycling centre to be disposed of. It is preferable if it is dry and hardened, although the sites can accept wet paint in the size of paint tin you would normally use for household projects usually up to 5 litres.

      No commercial paint or large tins will be accepted.

      The tins can be put into the 'household waste' container as there are currently no re-use or recycling facilities for this waste.

      If you wish to dispose of any empty metal paint cans they may be put in the metal container for recycling.

      To assist the paint drying out, you can leave the lid off the container before bringing it to the centre. You can also add cat litter or sawdust to the paint to assist in the drying process.

    2. Paper

      Take to:

      We recommend shredding anything with personal details on before disposing of it.

    3. Pesticides

      Take to the following household waste sites:

      Never put pesticides down the drain. For further information visit the Environment Agency website.

    4. Petrol

      Contact your local repair garage.

    5. Plasterboard

      Check your local household waste recycling centre to find out if they accept plasterboard.

      If you're getting rid of plasterboard as part of your business you'll need to contact a waste management company.

    6. Plastic bottles

      Most local councils collect from your house.

      Or take to your household waste recycling centre (household waste container).

      We don't recycle plastic due to cost (it would have to be shredded and baled) and the fact that there are many different types of plastic that would have to be separated.

    7. Printer cartridges

      Take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Many charities collect toner cartridges and ink jet cartridges for recycling to raise money for charity.

  15. Items starting with: S
    1. Sewage

      If you have a cesspit that needs emptying, contact your local council.
    2. Shoes

      Take to any household waste recycling centre or local recycling bank.
    3. Soil

      Take to any household waste recycling centre.

      90kg (190lbs) per day (the amount you could fit easily in a standard hatchback car boot).

    4. Syringes and sharps

      See needles.

  16. Items starting with: T
    1. Televisions

      Check whether your local council will collect.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre.

      Some charities may take them.

    2. Toys

      Toys in good condition: take to charity shops, your local hospice or hospital.

      Broken toys: take to any household waste recycling centre (household waste container).

      Mains or battery operated toys: small electrical appliances container at household waste recycling centres.

    3. Tyres

      Limited to 2 per visit - £5 per visit - car and motorcycle tyres only. Commercial tyres will not be accepted. Tyres are accepted at all household waste recycling centres in Kent.

      Cash payments are accepted at all sites except Gravesham (Pepperhill). It would help us if you could bring the correct amount as cash is not held on site and we may not therefore be able to provide change.

      You can pay by debit or credit card at the following household waste recycling centres:

      No cheques will be accepted.

  17. Items starting with: W
    1. Washing machines

      Check whether your local council will collect washing machines.

      Or take to any household waste recycling centre.

    2. Wood

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