Bins & Recycling

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What time does Tovil Recycling Centre open?

Tovil Recycling Centre is run by Kent County Council. Normal opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am - 4.30pm Sunday and bank holidays: 9am - 4pm Closed: Read more...

My Bin

My Bin You can find out all about the different types of bins on our new site here From this page you will be able to: Find out what you can put in Read more...

When is my bin day?

You can find out what day your bin is due on our My Bins page.  On this page you'll be able to: Your bin dayWhich bin is dueYour rubbish and Read more...

How do I report a missed bin?

Bins and Recycling You can check your collection day here. You need to tell us about your missed bin within two working days of the collection Read more...

How do I order a garden waste bin?

Bins and Recyling You can order a garden waste bin using our online form. The bin costs £33.30 for a 140 litre bin or £37 for a 240 Read more...

How do I report a damaged bin?

Bins and Recycling If your bin is damaged or has gone missing you can use our Contact Us form to get a replacement. We will need to know what Read more...

How do I book bulky waste collection?

If you've got items too big for your bins you can book a bulky collection on our Other Collections page. The benefits are simple: It's Read more...

We need a new recycling and rubbish calendar

Unfortunately we will not be issuing new calendars this year. You can find your calendar on bins and recycling tab of our maps section. Read more...

How do I cancel my garden bin

You can cancel your garden bin or change your address if you're moving and want to keep it by using our online form Read more...

Can I put out extra cardboard out on recycling day?

We accept additional recycling on your recycling bin day. You can put this next to your bin if it is full. However, please do not put any additional Read more...

What can I put in my green bin?

Recycling Your green bin is for recycling and is collected fortnightly. We accept additional recycling on your recycling bin day if it is placed next to Read more...

What is the size in litres of the standard black bin?

The standard black bin is 180 litres. Read more...

Can I have two black bins?

Each property is permitted to have one black bin.  You can find more information here.  Read more...

Where can I find my recycling calendar?

You can get your collection calendar from our online maps portal. Just follow these simple steps: Go to our maps portalType in you post codeSelect your Read more...

Can I put food waste in my rubbish bin?

We are stickering rubbish bins in the borough to promote the use of our food recycling service for any food waste they have. However, should residents not Read more...

How do I dispose of textiles?

You can find out more information on our collections here. Read more...

Book a fridge freezer collection

Collections of fridges, freezers or fridge/freezers now have to be booked separately and cannot be included on a standard bulky collection. It costs Read more...

How do I dispose of batteries?

Batteries will be collected on your rubbish collection day. They should be placed in a sandwich bag on the closed lid of your bin. Unfortunately we Read more...

will you collect garden waste in green sacks

We don't collect garden waste from green sacks. We only collect garden waste to properties that have a subscription.  We have two sizes available: Read more...

Where is the Tovil Recycling Centre?

Tovil Recycling Centre is run by Kent County Council. You can find out more information such as: Opening and closing timesItems that they acceptItems that Read more...

Why do I have a sticker on my bin?

Stickers are being placed on all wheeled bin across the county where the council offers a food recycling collection.  We are not singling out any Read more...

What is the size limit for a bulky collection

Items need to be under 2 metres in length. You can find out more information on our bulky collections here.  Read more...

Can I put deep fat fryer oil in my food bin?

Unfortunately, we can't accept liquid fats, oils or liquids in our food waste bins.  You can find out more information about our bins here.  Read more...

What bin do I put plastic shopping bags in

We are unable to recycling plastic shopping bags.  These bags should be put into the black refuse bin. Read more...

What is a brown bin used for

The brown bin is used for our garden waste service.  You can find more information on it here.  Christmas If you subscribe to the garden waste Read more...

Damaged or missing street sign

You can find more information here.  Read more...

What happens to the food recycling after collection?

Food recycling collected from residents in Maidstone is taken to an in-vessel composting facility in East Malling. Here the food recycling is shredded Read more...

Food waste campaign sticker

Last year all Kent councils took part in a waste audit which looked at rubbish, recycling and food recycling bins to see what items residents were Read more...

Can I recycle cushions along with textiles

Bins and Recycling We can't accept pillows or duvets or any items in black sacks or charity bags with textiles collection.  Textiles are Read more...

How to dispose of yellow sharps box

You can find information about booking a clinical collection on our bins and recycling pages. You can book a clinical collection online here.  Read more...

Do you supply degradeable bag liners for kitchen caddies

We don't supply liners for kitchen caddies. You can buy them from supermarkets and some post offices. Alternatively, you can line the caddy with Read more...

Please can we have the dog bins emptied on vinters park

Please report the bin that needs emptying to us by using our litter bin problem form. Read more...

Do you have a bin cleaning service?

We do not provide a bin cleaning service.  However, there are plenty of companies that can provide this service instead. Read more...

Can I put a broken electronic lawn mower out with my household waste?

Any electrical item that can't fit into a carrier bag would be too big to be put out for collection. You will be able to take these large items to Read more...

Replacement indoor kitchen food caddie

Kitchen caddies canbe bought from most homeware stores or online. Alternatively you can reuse a container, such as an ice cream tub. Read more...

How do I dispose of paint tins?

You can dispose of used paint tins at Tovil Recycling Centre. However, you will need to dry out the paint first. You can find more information on Kent Read more...

How do I book a clinical collection?

Clinical waste is collected on a Tuesday. This service is only available for residents. Nursing homes, hospitals, doctors surgeries and clinics should Read more...

Is polystyrene recyclable

Bins and Recycling Polystyrene is not recyclable.  You can find details of our recyclable items here. Read more...

Who can I call to check if you've disposed dead cats

If your cat is chipped, we will contact you if we have collected it. Otherwise, please call us on 01622 602162. Read more...

Is there any change in collections due to bank holiday

Bin collections are unaffected by bank holidays, except at Christmas and New Year.    Read more...

Can I leave my recycling out in black bags for collection?

Recycling can't be put out in black bags or plastic bags of any kind as these are not recyclable. You can put recycling out in a rigid plastic box, or Read more...

Do you have to separate waste

Domestic waste needs to seperated into our refuse, recycling bins and food waste bins.  Information on what goes in each bin can be found on our Read more...

Double bed & mattress is this one or two items for the bulky collection?

This is counted as two items. You will have to select them seperately within the online booking form. You can find out more information on the items  Read more...

When is the next black sack delivery?

If you live in a house that has no room for a wheelie bin, you’ll will need to use black sacks. We no longer supply black sacks. These can be Read more...

Where can I take a broken television

You can either take it to the Tovil Recycling Centre or we can collect it for you. You can find more information on our bulky collection service here. Read more...

Assisted bin collections

You can find out more information here under the "Assisted" tab. Read more...

What when do textiles get collected?

Textiles are collected on your recycling collection day. These should fit into a carrier bag and put next to your green recycling bin. We can't accept Read more...

Can I have another food waste bin?

New food waste bins are free of charge until 20 March 2017.  You can order one here.  You can find out more information here Read more...

How do I get rid of small electrical items

In addition to your rubbish and recycling, we now collect small electrical items! We collect small electrical items on your rubbish collection day. They Read more...

Can I set up a direct debit for my garden bin?

You can set up a direct debit for a garden bin by using our online form You can find out more about our garden waste service here.  Read more...

How do I dispose of old tyres?

You can take old tyres to Tovil Recycling Centre. You can find out more on what they do and do not accept here. Read more...

Public waste bin needs emptying

You can use our online form to request a public litter bin to be emptied.  You can use this form and select "Report a Litter Bin Problem". Read more...

Do I need caddy liners for my food bin?

You don’t have to line your kitchen caddy, but if you do please use compostable bags, kitchen roll or newspaper. Don’t use plastic bags as Read more...

Know what size is my food recycling bin

All food waste bins are 23 litres in size.  Read more...

Why are we using stickers to promote our food recycling service?

Results recently published by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) found that an estimated 10% increase in use of the food recycling service Read more...

Where do I dispose of used motor oil?

You can dispose of use motor oil at Tovil Tip.  You can find more information on what you can take to Tovil Tip here.  Read more...

How much are the compost bins?

We do not supply compost bins. However, Get Composting do. A 220 litre composter is £17.98 + £5.99 delivery A 330 litre composter is Read more...

Do I have to seperate waste at the tip?

Kent County Council run the recycling centres. For more information, have a look at their website. Read more...

What is the correct way to dispose of kitchen knives?

You can dispose of knives in your non recycling (black) bin but please wrap then securely in paper or card. You can find out more information on what to Read more...