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Recycling ‘Bring’ Sites in the Borough

Recycling bins

Message from TMBC:

As you will be aware, the Borough’s new waste and recycling collection service will commence next year, offering a much improved recycling collection service from the home.

Materials collected for recycling will include plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, glass bottles and jars, cans, tins, aerosols and aluminium foil. Paper and cardboard will be collected separately and additional items collected will include textiles, small electricals and household batteries.  Also included is a separate weekly food waste collection and an ‘opt-in’ chargeable garden waste collection service

This means that usage of many of our recycling bring sites (47 in total) will fall once the new kerbside service starts. This reduction has been demonstrated in other boroughs when a comprehensive kerbside collection is introduced, and the numbers of bring sites have been reduced or removed completely.

Bring sites are expensive to maintain and are very often locations seen as convenient for fly-tippers, adding to the cost of cleansing. Many of our bring banks are also coming to the end of their life and would need replacing in the very near future.

With this in mind, the Borough Council has reviewed the level of provision required following the introduction of the new kerbside services and Members have approved a reduction. We are, however, aware that we need to retain some core sites in the Borough, for those people who live in flats or may have larger volumes of recycling at certain times of the year.  The core sites identified to remain are as follows:

Aylesford Bailey Bridge Car Park
Borough Green Station Approach
Burham Village Hall, Rochester Road
Hadlow Hadlow College, Tonbridge Road
Kings Hill Asda, Alexander Grove
Larkfield Morrisons Car Park, New Hythe Lane
Larkfield Tesco, Lunsford Park
Snodland Rocford Road Car Park
Tonbridge Sovereign Way Car Park
West Malling High Street Car Park

Please be reassured that no bring sites will be removed until the new kerbside recycling services have been fully implemented and at the current time it is anticipated that this will not be until late Summer/early Autumn 2019.

The contractor will be providing new recycling banks for the remaining sites shown above and these banks will ‘mirror’ the kerbside collections so there will be banks for mixed dry recyclables – glass, plastics, tins, cans, cartons etc.  Usage of the remaining sites will be monitored into 2020 to allow the Council to continue to assess public demand/need.