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Christmas and New Year collection dates

There will be changes to your waste and recycling collection days over the Christmas and New Year period.

Garden waste collections will continue through Christmas and New Year, but will also change days.

Your collections will continue as normal up to and including Thursday 24 December, then the following will apply:

Collection due New date
Friday 25 December Monday 28 December
Monday 28 December Tuesday 29 December
Tuesday 29 December Wednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 December Thursday 31 December
Thursday 31 December Saturday 2 January
Friday 1 January Sunday 3 January

Your collections will return to their normal day from Monday 4 January 2021.

Check your collection date

You can use our online checker to view details of your next two scheduled collections.

Before you start

  • you will need to know your full address to check your collection information
  • you will see information for all collection services available at your property

Check now

Recycling at Christmas

We produce many tonnes of extra waste over the festive season, you can help the environment by recycling as much as possible.

  • Food leftovers can be used to make lots of delicious meals and snacks saving you money and helping reduce food waste. Visit the love food hate waste website for leftover food recipe ideas and inspiration. Use your food waste bin for food you can’t use up.
  • Cardboard and paper can go into your green box and large cardboard boxes should be flattened down and put out between your bins on recycling collection day, or used as a container for extra card and paper.
  • Glass bottles and jars, plastic pots and tubs, tins and cans (including sweet and biscuit tins), can all go into your brown recycling bin.
  • Foil food trays should be rinsed off to remove any food residue and placed into your brown recycling bin.
  • Christmas cards without glitter or metallic foil can go into your green box. Cards with glitter or metallic foil are not recyclable and should go into your green household waste bin.
  • Wrapping paper isn't good enough quality to be recycled and should go into your green household waste bin.
  • Polystyrene and plastic bags/wrapping should go into your green household waste bin.
  • Small household batteries can be placed in a small bag on top of your brown recycling bin.

Christmas tree composting

If you have signed up to our garden waste collection service, remove decorations and put your real tree in, or next to, your black garden waste bin. Please note:

  • the tree trunk should be less than three inches (7.5cm) thick
  • if your tree is over six feet tall please cut it in half

Not signed up to our garden waste collection service?

You can sign up for our opt-in garden waste collection service online. The price for a 12-month subscription is £52 per bin.

To sign up you'll need:

  • to live in a residential property in the borough
  • to agree to the garden waste service terms and conditions
  • a debit or credit card for card payments (Visa and Mastercard only)

Please note: if you sign up for the service on or before the 14th of the month, your service will start from the first Monday of the following month.

Sign up now

Christmas trees can also be recycled at any Kent County Council household recycling site. You will need to book your visit online via the Kent County Council website.