Ashford Borough Council - Your Christmas recycling and refuse collection dates

During the festive period, recycling and refuse collections may take place on different days so Ashford Borough Council is letting residents know about the changes.

Check the calendar above – and read on for tips on how to recycle more this Christmas! Normal collections resume on Monday 16th January.

All refuse and recycling should be out for collection by 6am over Christmas and New Year.

Please note collections may take place up to one day later than shown, with possible extra collections on Saturdays.

There will be no garden or bulk collections for two weeks - w/c 26th December 2016 and w/c 2nd January 2017.

Recycling this Christmas and New Year!

Not sure which festive items go in what bin? Check our handy guide below

Green recycling bin •

Christmas cards • Cardboard boxes • Crackers • Paper wrapping paper • Tin foil and foil serving trays • Champagne, wine and beer bottles/cans • Soft drink containers • Sweet tins

Grey refuse bin •

Bubble wrap, plastic packaging • Polystyrene • Broken decorations • Tinsel • Foil wrapping paper • Corks Food caddy* • Leftovers • Turkey carcass

*Visit for handy recipes for those festive leftovers!

Don’t forget! Put those broken Christmas lights or any electrical decorations or items in a plastic carrier bag on top of your refuse bin, and we will take them away!

Ashford’s household waste and recycling centre in Brunswick Road, Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate will be open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas tree recycling If you aren’t keeping your living tree, please take it to Ashford’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate for recycling. If you subscribe to our garden recycling service, you can place your cut up tree in your brown wheeled bin and we will collect it.

To sign up to our fortnightly garden recycling collection service visit Or why not support the Pilgrims Hospice by signing up to their treecycling service. The service will run from 14th and 15th January 2017 and residents across the borough can have their tree collected in return for a donation of their choice. Register before 8th January by visiting the Pilgrims Hospices website at… or call 01233 504111.

Garden recycling, bulky item and clinical collections Please note, as stated on your garden recycling collection calendars there will be NO garden waste or bulky item collections over the festive period - w/c 26th December 2016 and 2nd January 2017.

Normal collections resume on Monday 16th January 2017. The clinical collection service will be moved from Monday 26th December to Tuesday 27th. All other clinical collections will remain the same Recycling tips and advice

Worried about waste? Why not try our Wheel of Waste; simply twist the wheel to find out which bin many household items should be disposed in. Email to request a free copy. Remember! • Don’t use plastic bags in your green or brown bins • Your bin lids must close completely and bin straps must be removed before collection day • Dark plastic food trays, crisp packets and plastic/carrier bags should be placed in your grey refuse bin • Please place sanitary waste in your grey refuse bin • Food waste packaging should be emptied of its contents and rinsed before placing in your green recycling bin We cannot collect any side refuse next to your grey bin – make sure you are recycling everything you can. For more recycling tips and advice visit