Charges at HWRCs

From 3 June 2019, we will be charging for the disposal of non-household waste materials at our 18 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

We are required to provide a place for Kent residents to deposit household waste free of charge. However, the types of waste in the charging scheme are not classified as household waste, therefore the council can choose not to accept this material, to put limits on the amount we accept and/or charge to accept it.

Due to an increased amount of waste from household alterations and building works being brought to our centres, we can no longer afford to accept this waste free of charge. Other local authorities are also introducing a charging policy, and this may have an impact on our sites.

These charges will help in the running of the HWRCs and save the council money.

Charges

For all chargeable materials, there are no discounts and the site staff decision is final.

Chargeable items

  • breeze blocks, bricks, cement, concrete and drain pipes.
  • ceramic bathroom and kitchen items (baths, bidets, cisterns, shower trays, sinks, toilet pans, wash basins)
  • flagstones, granite, marble, paving slabs
  • hardcore, rubble, gravel, rocks, stones
  • plasterboard
  • sand
  • soil
  • tiles (ceramic, clay, slate)
  • tyres

Soil, rubble and hardcore items

If you are bringing in this waste, you will be charged £4 per bag or item (bag up to the size of a standard black sack)

It is preferable that waste is brought in bags for ease of disposal, however loose material can be accepted.

These materials must be placed in the soil, rubble and hardcore recycling area.

Plasterboard

You will be charged £6 per bag or sheet of plasterboard (bag up to the size of a standard black sack). Plasterboard must be placed in the designated recycling area.

Tyres

We have charged for domestic tyres since 2012. You will be charged £2.50 per tyre (car and motorbike tyres). Commercial tyres will not be accepted. Tyres must be placed in the designated recycling area.

Free disposal

The disposal of all other materials will remain free of charge, including general household waste or ‘green’ garden waste. Other categories of DIY waste, such as kitchen units, non-ceramic sinks and baths and doors may still be brought to the HWRCs and deposited free of charge.

If you take these types of waste to any of our sites using a restricted vehicle (van, pickup or large vehicle) you will require a valid vehicle voucher for each site visit.

Restrictions

Provided staff are satisfied that the waste has come from your own home, and it is not business waste you will be able to use the HWRC.

You can bring:

  • a daily limit of 5 bags (standard black sack) for soil, rubble and hardcore
  • 5 tyres per day.

Any items that do not fit into a standard black sack will be charged per item.

Large quantities of waste

The HWRCs are not designed to accept large quantities of this type of waste. For any larger quantities of soil, rubble hardcore or associated materials from home renovations, please consider hiring a skip, skip bag or using a commercial waste contractor.

When visiting the HWRC using a restricted vehicle (van, pickup or large vehicle) to dispose of this waste, you will be required to apply for a valid vehicle voucher for each site visit.

Payments

All payments must be made via debit or credit card. No cash or cheques will be accepted.

If you cannot pay, you will not be allowed to dispose of your materials.

Enforcement action may be taken against anyone disposing of chargeable waste without payment.

You can request a VAT receipt by asking a member of the site staff.

Business waste

HWRCs are only to be used to dispose of waste from residents' properties. Any tradespeople producing waste as part of their business will be redirected to one of our waste transfer stations.

Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence which can carry an unlimited fine or a 5 year prison sentence and should not be considered as an alternative to paying to dispose of your waste legally.

We understand that making changes to our services raises concerns about the potential increase of fly-tipping. However, there is no clear evidence from other councils who charge for waste disposal that shows there is a link between charging at HWRCs and fly-tipping.