Waste Service Updates

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Latest updates on refuse & recycling collections:

Refuse & Recycling Collections - general

All recycling & refuse collections are taking place as normal. Please remember to have your bins/box out by 7am on your collection day.

Easter Bank Holidays

We now collect on all bank holidays except Christmas and New Year, so please don’t forget to put out your bins on your usual collection day over Easter!

If your normal collection day is Friday, it will be collected on Good Friday. If your normal collection day is Monday, it will be collected on Easter Monday.

Bank Holiday collection arrangements can be found here.

If you would like to receive automatic alerts each time we update the web page, you can sign up to TMBC’s “My Account” service at https://www.tmbc.gov.uk/my-account and subscribe to “Waste”.

We also provide updates via our social media channels on Twitter https://twitter.com/TMBC_Kent and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonbridgeandmalling

Proposals for improved recycling

Updates on Improvements to the refuse and recycling services.

Recycling Sites

Two specialist vehicles operate across the boroughs of Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells, emptying in excess of 500 glass & can banks. Many of the banks are emptied two or three times each week while others are emptied less often where demand for the service is normally lower. If one of the vehicles breaks down, we cannot obtain a replacement vehicle easily, so we double-shift the remaining vehicle in order to try to keep up with emptying the banks and to reduce the risk of overflows. We also occasionally have access to a similar vehicle from another council.

This is where we ask for your help...

In an effort to keep the sites tidy, and to ensure that access can be gained to empty banks, we would ask you not to leave your recycling, or any other waste, on the ground. If you do notice that the first banks appear to be full, please check if the banks to the rear or side have capacity.

If the glass/plastic banks are full then please take your glass/plastics home with you and store it until the banks have been emptied. If the can or paper banks are full, please take your cans & paper home and put them in your green box for kerbside collections on the next scheduled collection day.

Thank you for your commitment to recycling and for your continued patience at this time.

Use the interactive map to locate your nearest sites.

Download a list of where our sites are located and the materials that are accepted.

Report an overflowing recycling bank.

Phone system

If you have difficulty getting through to us by phone, please check our web pages to find the information you need or complete one our many online forms, such as for missed collections or replacement bins. If you still can't find what you need, please email waste.services@tmbc.gov.uk and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Further Information

We will update this page if there are any changes or delays to your normal refuse & recycling collections caused by severe weather or road conditions. To receive automatic e-mail alerts on refuse updates, news stories and many other Council services, register with "My Account".

If your scheduled collection has been accidentally missed please complete the missed bin form.

You can also request a range of other services online such as ordering green boxes for your paper & cans, ordering bulky collections and reporting missing or damaged bins.

Waste Services Team: waste.services@tmbc.gov.uk