Small changes for a small number of people – Starting 1 October 2012

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Following a ten week public consultation on the future of our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and a subsequent Cabinet Member decision, a number of small changes are being made at the HWRCs from 1 October 2012. How will these changes benefit me?

  • Less congestion and queuing – by introducing reasonable limitations on certain materials and ensuring only household waste is accepted
  • A more financially efficient service allowing for continual investment in the Household Waste Recycling Centre network
  • Safer for customers and staff by reducing commercial vehicles and large trailers on site

What are the changes?

A limit on trailer size

Trailer bodies of the following size will be allowed at Household Waste Recycling Centres:

  • Maximum 2.05 metres (6ft 8”) long
  • Not exceeding 1 cubic metre (35cubic feet) capacity
  • No wider than the domestic vehicle towing the trailer

Please note: no agricultural trailers or horse boxes.

A limit on soil, rubble and hardcore

The amount of soil, rubble and hardcore will be limited to:

  • 90kg (190lbs) per visit by a single vehicle or combined with a trailer
  • This weight represents the amount you could fit easily in a standard hatchback car boot
  • To help you, 33 bricks is equivalent to 90kg

 A small charge will be made for asbestos and tyres

You can take these materials to the following Household Waste Recycling Centres:

North Farm (Tunbridge Wells), Dunbrik (Sevenoaks), Pepperhill (Dartford and Gravesend), Dover, Sittingbourne, Hawkinge*(Folkestone). Further sites will accept these materials later this year.

Location maps for these centres are also available at all Household Waste Recycling Centres.

*Asbestos is not accepted; however tyres are accepted at Hawkinge.

Tyres – Limited to car tyres and to a maximum of two per visit – £5.00/visit

  Asbestos – Limited to one sack of equivalent per visit – £5.00/visit

 All major debit or credit cards will be accepted using a Chip and PIN/ signature facility. No cash or cheques will be accepted.

No vans or pick-ups

It is illegal to dispose of waste from any business, trade, or commercial activity at these sites, as they are for household waste only. Vans and pick-ups are not permitted – a ‘Kent Business Guide to Waste Services’ is available – ask on site or contact us.

If your household’s only vehicle is a commercial vehicle under 2 metres in height and less than 3.5 tonnes in weight, you may apply for vouchers to allow you access to deposit your household waste.

Domestic vehicles over 2 metres high

If the sole vehicle within your household is a domestic vehicle over 2 metres in height and less than 3.5 tonnes in weight, your vehicle may qualify for vouchers to access a site with household waste only.

If you have a disability and use an adapted vehicle which is over 2m in height, individual arrangements can be made with you so you can access a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please contact us.

Other important information

Alternative formats

Information regarding the small changes at the Household Waste Recycling Centres is available in alternative formats including EasyRead, audio, Braille and alternative languages. Please contact us.

Your safety at a Household Waste Recycling Centre

It is not permitted to park outside the centre and carry waste into the household waste and recycling centres.

Children must remain in your vehicle when visiting the household waste recycling centre.

We are unable to allow you to take items or materials which have been deposited at these sites by others.

All waste should be of a size and weight that is manageable so that you can easily lift it into the containers.

Threatening language or behaviour towards site staff will not be tolerated.

CCTV and automatic Number Plate Recognition in operation at the HWRCs.

Please note: A 2m height restriction for vehicles applies at all HWRCs

Members of staff are on hand at the centres to help you if you need it, please just ask.

Business Waste

The Household Waste Recycling Centres are for domestic waste and recycling only. It is illegal to take business waste there.

Bulky Waste

Your local council operates a bulky waste collection scheme for items which are too large to go into the normal collections or local bring banks. A charge may be made for this service. Large, bulky, non-recyclable waste can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre where they will be disposed of as long as the policies above are adhered to.