Refuse and Recycling

TMBC’s new recycling and waste contract begins with Urbaser on 1.3.19. Changes to the collection services will begin in September 2019. For more details:

Urbaser leaflet 2019
Roadshow dates

Please advise the waste team at TMBC of any issues with the new service at or by phone 01732 876147)

Until September, TMBC provide the following services for refuse and recycling collection:

Use your black-lidded bin for non-recyclable household waste. Your black bin is collected fortnightly with your green-liddded bin and green box collected on the alternate week. Collection dates can be found here:

You can use your green recycling box for paper and magazines, newspapers, junk mail and envelopes, food and drinks cans (please empty and rinse to prevent smells) and foil. The green box is collected along with the green lidded bin (see below).

The green-lidded bin service is for collecting and composting household garden waste, cardboard and food waste (a full detailed list can be found on the website set out at the bottom of this page). In hot weather, the black-lidded bin can also be used for food waste.

TMBC are giving away free kitchen caddies, together with a stock of sample paper caddy liners, and these can be collected from TMBC’s receptions at Kings Hill and Tonbridge Gateway. More information about food recycling is available here.

The Saturday bulky waste service is provided for the disposal of household waste, including bulky items. Using this service you can take your waste to a parked refuse freighter at a number of locations across the borough.

The service for Plaxtol is located in Shipbourne on Upper Green Road opposite the Village Hall on the 4th Saturday of the month, between 08:00-09:00. Click here for the collection dates.

The following items cannot be collected by the Saturday Service:

  • Builders’ waste, concrete and similar waste
  • Vehicle parts – including tyres, engines or batteries
  • Oil, paint or other chemicals
  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboard
  • Soil, rubble or bricks
  • Glazed windows or toughened glass
  • Water tanks, boilers, iron/steel baths

TMBC are currently running a trial service which can collect electrical items and scrap metal for recycling. A smaller vehicle will park next to the Saturday freighter at all sites during the trial. It will collect any of these items for recycling:

  • Small household appliances (kettles, electric toothbrushes, alarm clocks, etc)
  • Large household appliances (cookers, fridge/freezers, washing machines, etc)
  • Electronic games & toys
  • TV’s, monitors and computers
  • Batteries, including car batteries
  • All metals & plastics
  • Fluorescent tubes

The borough council also offers a bulky waste and fridge/freezer collection service. This can be booked via the website below.

More details on all of the above services can be found at,-rubbish-and-waste