No changes to bin collections over Christmas and New Year

Waste operatives

There will be no changes to recycling, refuse and food waste collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

Thanet council waste 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.

Thanet council asks people to put bins out from 6am on the normal collection day during this time. To help residents recycle as much as they can over the festive period, TDC will collect additional kerbside recycling in a suitable container, but will not collect any general waste that is put out alongside bins. This can be disposed of at a Household Waste Recycling Centre

Garden waste collections will be suspended as planned on Saturday 18 December and will resume on Monday 17 January. The last clinical and bulky waste collections will take place on Friday 24 December and collections will resume on Tuesday 4 January.

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.

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

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

To check Christmas opening hours at The Gateway, the Harbour Office, Crematorium and public toilets, visit the 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. Check their website for information.

Access notice

Thanet council is asking that when parking vehicles, residents are considerate of large waste collection vehicles required for collections and leave enough space for our vehicles to pass, especially in narrow streets.


  1. That means there will be no change to the usual mountains of rubbish left on street corners in Cliftonville West ward. The usual telephoning and filling in forms online because of missed bin collections each week. Why don’t TDC refuse get the simple action of a basic weekly round without all the fuss and inconvenience caused to residents trying to jump through their hurdles? Is it really too difficult these days? Maybe a change in the management would help!

    • It’s the residents that cause the problems in general, the crews do their normal rounds but can only pick up whats put out. If people chooseto dump rubbish on the streets at different times then surely you’re not expecting individual tailored collections?
      Unlike much of thanet cliftonville has the bulk bins that the council empties on a regular basis, quite what else can be done?
      There is an issue when new rounds/ crews/ contractors are introduced , and as you say reporting of missed collections is a futile task.

  2. If people wasn’t so disgusting dumping rubbish in Cliftonville and other parts of thanet the street collection and cleaning team would have more time to do their jobs
    Instead of wasting time and money clearing the crap that’s dumped on our streets,

  3. How soon we forget about all the key workers
    that kept things ticking over through lockdown, this includes thanets Street cleaning team removing all the extra rubbish 🗑 Thank you all key workers 👍

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