Wheelie Bin Do's and Don'ts
- Containers for waste and recycling should be placed at the boundary of your property, which is the nearest point to where the property meets the public highway, the evening before collection at the earliest and by 07:00am on the day of collection at the latest and be removed from this point as soon as possible after collection and by the evening of collection at the latest. Kent Highways, being the relevant highways authority, has given authority for containers to be placed on the highway during these times to facilitate collection but any container left on the highway at any other time is deemed to be an obstruction to the highway and must be removed. (Note: A public highway includes pavements as well as the carriageway).
- Refuse must be out by 7 am ready for collection
- Bins should be left on the property boundary with their handles facing outwards
- Lids should be closed in order to avoid damage during emptying or by strong winds
- Please remember to remove bins from your property boundary as soon as possible after collection
- Small batteries must be placed on top of your green bin in a tied up carrier bag
- Textiles should be placed inside a standard size carrier bag alongside your blue bin on collection day.
- Small electrical items such as radios, toasters, kettles, drills, laptops can be placed alongside your green bin for collection.
- No extra refuse should be left outside of the bin (though extra recycling material will be taken)
- Heavy materials (stone, soil, rubble etc.) or hot ashes must not be placed in the bin - these should be disposed of at your local refuse and recycling centre. The refuse freighter is lifted automatically by its rim. If the rim splits the bin will fall back and endanger the crew and nearby property, such as your parked car. Normal household waste rarely if ever produces an overweight problem. There has to be something in the bin that shouldn't be there, such as soil or rubble. Please use common sense to ensure that your bin is not too heavy as our Refuse team can refuse to empty any bin considered a potential danger.
- Sharp items such as saws should never go into any bin as they can cause injury to collection staff. Please take such items to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for safe disposal.
- Hazardous Materials (not clinical) e.g. chemicals, should not be placed in household bins but taken to the nearest Household Waste Recycling Centres that can handle hazardous waste, which are at Maidstone (Tovil) and Ashford (Chart Leacon - Cobbs Wood). Banned pesticides should be taken to Sittingbourne household waste site, Gas Road, for safe disposal. This is the only disposal point in Swale - there are no facilities at Sheerness and Faversham. Before taking any Hazardous materials for disposal, please contact Swale with precise details.
- Electrical items bigger than a standard size carrier bag will not be collected. For a list of small electrical items that can be recycled visit our WEEE page.
Please Note: If you find any suspicious materials believed to be hazardous, please contact us or call waste enquiries on 01795 417888.