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        Bulky waste

        Information on disposing of domestic bulky waste

        Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are no longer accepting bulky waste bookings from now until further notice. We will honour the bookings that have already been made.

        Arrange a Bulky Waste Collection

        Your weekly rubbish collection service does not include the removal and disposal of large furniture items such as beds, wardrobes, sofas, chairs, carpets or fridges and freezers.

        We offer a chargeable collection service to householders in the Thanet District.

        Items for collection should be placed in the front garden of your property and be safely and easily accessible.

        Summary of charges

        Minimum charge including collection of up to 5 items or up to 15 black sacks (70/80 litres) of household rubbish £25.50

        Fridges, freezers and fridge freezers (we are unable to collect American size fridges/freezers) £25.50

        All collections are made on a number of items basis, no discounts are offered for half or full loads.

        To book a collection – call 01843 577115

        Bookings can be made over the phone if you have a credit or debit card.

        If you can’t pay over the phone, you can pay

        • in person at the Gateway, Cecil Street, Margate;
        • by cheque – sent to the main council office.

        Collections are arranged as soon as possible, once we have received payment.

        Terms and Conditions

        We accept no liability for injury to any person, or loss of or damage to any property arising from the operation of our bulky waste collection service.

        We will not collect the following:

        • fridges and freezers containing food or rubbish
        • hardcore, builders rubble, cement, bricks, concrete, paving slabs, plasterboard or other building material
        • engine oil
        • car tyres, batteries or any car parts
        • exceptionally heavy items such as pianos; cast iron baths; electric chairs
        • waste arising from a trade or business activity
        • hazardous waste such as asbestos and pesticides.

        All waste must be reasonably contained. We will not shovel or bag rubbish.

        Dry cell batteries, used engines oil, paint and household cooking oil should be taken to a KCC Recycling Centre (tip).

        This service is not available to landlords. Landlords would need to contact a registered trade waste carrier to dispose of bulk waste items.

        Dumping furniture or other waste on open land, in alleyways or by litter bins is illegal.

        Other ways to get rid of your bulky items

        • Donate – if it is in good condition and useable, contact one of many local charity shops or second-hand shops in the area. Donations should be made during opening times and leaving bags or unwanted items outside a Charity shop is still fly-tipping and this is not acceptable behaviour
        • Freegle
        • Recycle – take the item to a KCC Recycling Centre (tip).
        • Pay a local registered waste carrier to remove it. It is your responsibility to make sure that the company employed is properly registered with the local Environment Agency. Ask the question and obtain a receipt, it’s your proof that the waste was disposed of legally.

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