Canterbury district residents allowed two extra bags of rubbish

Residents living within the Canterbury district will be allowed two extra bags of rubbish collected weekly, on a temporary basis.

From today, bin men across the Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable take a maximum of two extra sacks as well as empty the wheelie bins.

The announcement came from Canterbury City Council on Friday, they want to reduce a build-up of household waste especially during a time where there’s an increase in it.

In a statement the council said: “we’re all at home so are generating more rubbish and delivery packaging, there’s lots of extra gardening going on and the household waste recycling centres (aka ‘the tips’) are currently closed.”

The council says the extra bags can be filled with either general waste or garden waste. Electrical items are not allowed, however. If you put out more than two extra sacks, the council will only take two of them. This is to make sure that we can collect everyone’s waste.

This extra waste will be allowed at each weekly collection initially until Monday 11 May, regardless of whether it is black bin or recycling week. The collection of the extra sacks will not necessarily take place at the same time of day as the regular collection.


A council statement reads: “We have put this arrangement in place at short notice. We will do everything we can to deliver on it, but as with all things planned in this way, problems may occur, and some roads may be missed. We are doing our best in difficult circumstances and will clear as many extra sacks as we can.

Much will depend on the amount of extra rubbish put out and the number of trips required to dispose of it. These are simply unknown factors.

If, sadly, we do not manage to get to your sacks, please do not report them as a missed collection. Instead, take them back inside and try again the following week.”

This is only a temporary change to waste collection and the situation will be reviewed again on Monday 11 May.

Green bin collections remain suspended across the district.