Household Waste and Recycling
There are changes to household waste and recycling collections this year.
If your collection should fall on Monday 25 December, it will now be collected on Saturday 23 December instead. Please ensure your bin is out by 6am on this day.
If your collection should fall on Tuesday 26 December, it will now be collected on Saturday 30 December instead. Please ensure your bin is out by 6am on this day.
If your collection should fall on Monday 1 January, it will now be collected on Saturday 6 January instead. Please ensure your bin is out by 6am on this day.
There are no other changes to scheduled waste and recycling collections. Please ensure your bin is out by 6am on your usual collection day.
Garden waste collections will be suspended from Monday 18 December and resume on Monday 15 January.
If your clinical waste collection should fall on Tuesday 26 December, it will now be collected on Thursday 28 December. We will contact all residents affected by this change. All other clinical waste collections will continue as normal. We will not be booking any sharp collections in the week between Christmas and New Year.
If you have a real Christmas tree you can take it to your nearest KCC Household Waste Recycling Centre in Margate or Sandwich for recycling. Christmas trees will not be collected as part of our regular waste and recycling collections.
Kent-based charity Pilgrims Hospice is collecting Christmas trees for recycling in return for a donation. They will be collecting from selected locations across Thanet between Friday 5 and Monday 8 January 2023. You can find out more and book collections on their website: www.pilgrimshospices.org/treerecycling
Customer Services Opening Times (telephone only)
- Friday 22 December – 8.45am to 5pm
- Closed from Saturday 23 December – lines reopen at 8.45am on Tuesday 2 January 2024
Thanet Gateway Plus will be closed for council services from 2pm on Friday 22 December, reopening at 10am on Tuesday 2 January.
Harbour Office, Ramsgate Opening Times
Royal Harbour, Ramsgate Opening Times
Please note the following services will be running as normal over the festive period:
- Port Control – 01843 572112 (24/7)
- Dock Master – 07919 211143 (7.30am to 7pm)
- Security – 01843 587661 (24/7)
Harbour Office opening times
- Friday 22 December, 10am to 12pm (telephone lines open until 1pm)
- Office is then closed until Tuesday 2 January – Office re-opens 10am
Crematorium, Margate Opening Times
Grounds and Chapel
The grounds and remembrance chapel at the crematorium and Margate and Ramsgate cemeteries will be open as usual from 9am until 4.30pm every day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s day.
The crematorium office will be open from 9am to 4.30pm as usual, except for Christmas Day, Monday 25 December and Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December and New Year’s day, Monday 1 January (as these are bank holidays). Cremation services are taking place on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 December, between 9am and 1pm.
Public Toilets opening times
All toilets will be closed on Monday 25 December (Christmas Day). Toilets will be open as normal on all other days.
Information on locations and opening times can be found on our Public Toilets webpage