Saturday household waste service

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Service Suspended until further notice

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in order to protect the front line waste collection services, the Saturday Freighter Service is suspended with immediate effect and until further notice:

Further measures may need to be introduced and we will post updates here

Further information about how Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is responding to the situation can be found here

Saturday Freighter Service

The Saturday bulky waste service is provided for the disposal of household waste, including bulky items. In this service you can take your waste to a parked refuse freighter at a number of locations across the borough.

Please note that the schedule runs on a 4-week cycle. When a month has five Saturdays, the service is not normally run on the fifth Saturday, apart from after Easter & Christmas Bank Holidays.

You may find your nearest facility and collection dates or use our interactive map.

The following items cannot be collected by the Saturday Service

  • Builders' waste, concrete and similar waste
  • Vehicle parts - including tyres, engines or batteries
  • Oil, paint or other chemicals
  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboard
  • Soil, rubble or bricks
  • Glazed windows or toughened glass
  • Gas Bottles and Fluorescent tubes
  • Garden Waste

We also provide a service which can collect electrical items and scrap metal for recycling. A smaller vehicle will park next to the Saturday freighter at all sites. It will collect any of these items for recycling:

  • Small household appliances (kettles, electric toothbrushes, alarm clocks, etc)
  • Large household appliances (cookers, fridge/freezers, washing machines, etc)
  • Electronic games & toys
  • TV's, monitors and computers
  • Batteries, including car batteries
  • All metals

If in any doubt of whether or not your items can be taken by this service, please contact the Waste Services team for advice before visiting the Saturday Service.

Large items (such as bed bases and wardrobes) should be broken down in advance as these may damage the freighter's moving parts if placed into the vehicle in one piece.

Please do not leave any waste at the site as this will not be collected and will be treated as fly-tipping. Enforcement actions may follow, including fines of up to £50,000 or a five year prison sentence.