7 December, 2021

No changes to Christmas and New Year waste & recycling collections

There will be NO changes to recycling, refuse and food waste collections over the Christmas and New Year period. Clinical waste collections will also continue as normal.

Crews will be working between Christmas and New Year including the bank holidays on Monday 27 December, Tuesday 28 December and Monday 3 January – to collect your waste and recycling.

Please ensure that you put your bins out from 6am on your normal collection day during this time. To help residents recycle as much as they can over the festive period, we will collect additional kerbside recycling presented in a suitable container, but will not collect any general waste that is put out alongside your bin. This should be disposed of at a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Garden waste collections will be suspended as planned on Saturday 18 December 2021 and will resume on Monday 17 January 2022.

Our last bulky waste collections will take place on Friday 24 December and collections will resume on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Cllr Bob Bayford, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Special Projects at Thanet District Council said:
“On behalf of the council, I would like to thank our Waste and Recycling teams for their contribution over the past year, and for working hard to provide our residents with no changes to their collection days over the festive period.

“The Christmas holidays are traditionally the time of year when we create the most waste at home with wrapping paper, cards, gift packaging and extra food. I urge all of you to make sure you are recycling everything you possibly can rather than throwing items away.”

Christmas trees

If you have a real Christmas tree it can be taken 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 or green waste collections.

Pilgrims Hospice also runs a Christmas Tree Recycling service and is accepting bookings for Christmas tree collections in Westgate-on-Sea (CT8), Margate (CT9), Broadstairs (CT10) and Ramsgate (CT11). Bookings must be made on the charity’s website, and will close on Monday 3 January 2022.

Further information

To find out your collection day, go to Your bin collection day webpage.

For information about what you can and can’t recycle, visit our What goes in what bin? webpage.

To check Christmas opening hours at The Gateway, the Harbour Office, Crematorium and public toilets, visit our Christmas 2021 webpage.

The Household Waste Recycling Centre in Margate is operated by Kent County Council and may be subject to closures over the Christmas period. Please check their website for information.

Access notice

When parking vehicles, residents are reminded to be considerate of large waste collection vehicles required for collections. Please ensure there is enough space for our vehicles to pass, especially in narrow streets.

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