Recycling collections:  Did you know that you can leave up to 6 untied bags of composting material beside your recyling for collection and can leave quantities of cardboard for collection on the day your recycling is collected.  The Borough Council can also supply hessian sacks for garden waste in addition to the green bin.

If you do not have a calendar of your recycling collections, you can download one from TMBC.


All properties in Mereworth currently have their refuse collected on Tuesday or Friday. Around half of the properties on a Friday collection, including the main village area, have an alternating weekly collection of their black and green-lidded bins. The other properties on a Friday collection, including the Airfield estate, and those more rural properties receiving a Tuesday collection have, at present, a weekly collection of their black bin but no garden waste collections.

All properties can be provided with a green box for recycling newspapers, magazines, junk mail, food and drink cans and empty aerosols.

The collections alternate between recycled refuse and general refuse.  One of the key advantages of TMBC’s alternating collection service is that food waste can still be disposed of weekly, especially during periods of hotter weather.

In green-lidded bin collection week, food waste should be placed directly into the green-lidded bin with your garden waste and cardboard. As this waste is sent straight for composting, rather than sorted, plastic or cornstarch bags cannot be used to wrap the food waste. If residents wish to wrap the food waste to help reduce odours, they can wrap it in newspaper or cardboard (eg cereal boxes). Alternatively, they may wish to use paper liners. TMBC have a supply of sample liners for residents to try, and also provide a list of stockists on their website, although more and more supermarkets now stock them. they also provide kitchen caddies for food waste, to help reduce trips to the green-lidded bin.


TMBC would like to compost as much food waste as possible, but appreciate that residents may have concerns about odours during hotter weather and may wish to use their black bin on the alternate week. In black bin collection week, any food waste placed into the black bin can be wrapped in plastic bags to help reduce odours, and will be sent to generate electricity at the Allington energy-from-waste plant. This allows residents to use whichever bin is next due for collection and provide a weekly collection where required.

Full details of services can  be found at 

The nearest large recycling sites are at Asda in Kings Hill, Tesco’s in West Malling and at Tesco’s, Lunsford Park, Larkfield. Newspapers, cardboard, glass, cans, clothes and plastic bottles can be taken to any of these sites for recycling. There are also smaller sites with less choice of materials at the Railway Station, West Malling and the Wateringbury Hotel, Wateringbury.

If you are unsure what day your refuse is collected, would like to order a green box or find out more about refuse and recycling in the parish contact the waste services team on or telephone 01732 876147.

Bulky Waste Collection Service  –  large items such as wardrobes, mattresses and sofas will also be collected at a charge of £50 for up to 12 items to be collected from your property

Weekend Bulky Refuse Service – for disposal of general household waste only

The services will be at the following locations

Beaufighter Road (Dead end junc. Spitfire Road)  09:15am – 10:15am –   28 October, 11 November, 25 November 2017, 

The Street (in Lay-by outside School) 08:00am – 09:00am – 18 November 2017

A smaller vehicle will park next to the Saturday freighter at all sites. 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

Please note: No commercial or trade waste accepted.  Please do not leave items unattended at the site as this will not be collected and will be considered fly-tipping which can lead to enforcement actions being taken.  You are responsible for putting items into the container yourself.

 For any of these services please call 01732 876147 or e-mail: