Kent residents can now have their unwanted vehicle collected and disposed of free of charge using Kent County Council's Vehicle Surrender Scheme.
Clinical and medical waste:
The Council operates a free, discreet collection of clinical waste for householders requiring such a service. Orange plastic sacks are provided and/or 5 litre 'sharps' boxes for disposal of hypodermic needles and these are collected weekly on a Friday.
Small quantities of garden or household chemicals and waste can be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres. Please see the site staff on arrival, as these items are stored separately.
Further advice on the safe disposal of potentially hazardous waste can be obtained from our Environmental Contracts staff Online: Contact the Waste Team. If dumping of hazardous waste is encountered please contact the council as soon as possible on 01322 343290 or 0345 634 1212 outside normal working hours.
Commercial waste collection:
The law requires that occupiers of commercial premises make proper arrangements for the safe storage and disposal of their waste (Environmental Protection Act 1990). It places a 'duty of care' on such persons to ensure their waste is disposed of in a proper manner. The Council does not offer this service. Commercial properties including shops, offices and industrial premises, that require regular waste collections should make arrangements with a suitable, licensed contractor to undertake removals - at their own expense - ;since the service is not included in the Business Rate.
Any business whose waste is found to be dumped, or disposed of illegally, faces the risk of prosecution by the Council and the Environment Agency (maximum fine £20,000) even though they may not have dumped the waste themselves - see fly tipping.