New Year Bin Collections

Collection dates over Christmas

Your bin day will change for three weeks starting Thursday 24th December 2020.

You can find your amended collection day below.

Please put your bin out by 6am on your changed collection date.

All collections will be back to normal from Monday 11th January 2021.

Christmas collection dates for refuse, recycling and food waste
Normal collection date Christmas period collection date
Thursday 24th December Thursday 24th December
Friday 25th December Monday 28th December
Monday 28th December Tuesday 29th December
Tuesday 29th December Wednesday 30st December
Wednesday 30th December Thursday 31st December
Thursday 31st December Saturday 2nd January
Friday 1st January Monday 4th January
Monday 4th January Tuesday 5th January
Tuesday 5th January Wednesday 6th January
Wednesday 6th January Thursday 7th January
Thursday 7th January Friday 8th January
Friday 8th January Saturday 9th January
Christmas collection dates for garden waste
Normal collection date Christmas period collection date
Thursday 24th December Thursday 24th December
Friday 25th December Monday 28th December

Our garden waste service will be suspended from Monday 28th December and will start again on 11th January on your normal collection day.

Recycling at Christmas

Please recycle:

  • Mince pie boxes & plastic trays
  • Mince pie foils
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles
  • Sweet and biscuit tins/tubs
  • Christmas pudding tubs
  • Tins and cans
  • Christmas cards and envelopes (non-glitter)
  • Wrapping paper (non-glitter or plastic)
  • Gift tags
  • Christmas crackers, jokes and hats (please remove the snap and place in your rubbish bin)
  • Cardboard boxes and packaging


Glass baubles are not recyclable. Broken glass baubles should be disposed of by wrapping and putting in with your general waste.

Plastic baubles are usually made from types of plastic not widely collected yet in the UK and are likely to be covered with glitter which would impact on the recycling process so should also go in with your general waste.

Tinsel cannot be recycled. If your tinsel has finally lost its sparkle and needs to be thrown away, please dispose of it in your black bin.

Wrapping paper

Have you done the scrunch test with your wrapping paper? Scrunch the paper into a tight ball in your hand, if it stays scrunched, you can recycle it.

Please remember that laminated and glittery paper cannot be recycled.

Garden waste collections

Real Christmas trees can be recycled. Please remember to remove all tinsel, decorations and any pots or stands.

If you subscribe to our garden waste collections you can place your tree next to your garden waste bin and it will be collected with your normal garden waste collection. If you do not subscribe you'll need to take your real tree to your local recycling centre.

If your artificial tree can still be used and you no longer want it, you could take it to a local Charity shop. Alternatively, you can take it to your local recycling centre.

Find your bin day

If you're not sure when your bin day is, or you want to check what bin you should put out you can check our online form.

Check your bin day

Real Christmas Tree Disposal

Please ensure that all lights and decorations are removed from the tree prior to disposal.

Heart of Kent Hospice Charity Christmas Tree Collections

Volunteers are collecting real trees from 5 post code areas in exchange for donations to the Heart of Kent Hospice.

Collections will take place on the 8th, 9th and 10th January 2021 from the following 5 post codes:

  • ME16 0
  • ME16 8
  • ME15 6
  • ME15 7
  • ME15 8

Bookings closed on the 5th January 2021.

Real trees can also be taken to the Tovil Household Waste Recycling Centre for composting.

Bulky collections

Our bulky collection and fridge/freezer collection will run as normal over the Christmas period except between the following dates:

  • Friday 25 December to Sunday 3 January 2021

Book a bulky collection

Book a fridge/freezer collection

Clinical collections

Our clinical collections will run as normal over the Christmas period except for Tuesday 31 December.

    Book a clinical collection

    Tovil Tip

    The tip is still open for socially distanced use from 8:30am to 3:45pm, 7 days a week. The new booking slots are:

    • 8:30am to 9:45am
    • 10am to 11:15am
    • 11:30am to 12:45pm
    • 1pm to 2:15pm
    • 2:30pm to 3:45pm

    To visit you must book a slot using the online booking form.

    The tip will be closed on:

    • Friday 25 December 2020
    • Saturday 26 December 2020
    • Friday 1 January 2021

    You can find out more information on the items that are accepted on Kent County Council's website.

    The tip is run by Kent County Council.