From 31 March 2023, only Medway residents will be able to use the area’s three household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs).
This follows a decision from Kent County Council to end their contract with us to reimburse costs for Kent residents who use Medway’s waste facilities, following the opening of a waste and recycling site at Allington.
The decision from Kent County Council means that Kent residents will no longer be able to access Medway’s HWRCs. Medway’s HWRCs received, on average, 44,000 visits from Kent residents during 2021/22.
Residents who pay council tax to Medway Council will continue to be able to book a slot to visit all three of Medway’s HWRCs and access them for free. Medway residents will need to bring proof of address, such as a driving licence or council tax bill, with their booking reference.
What this means for Kent residents
From Friday, 31 March 2023, Kent residents will no longer be able to visit Medway’s HWRCs at Cuxton, Capstone or Hoath Way in Gillingham.
Kent residents will instead need to use the recycling centres managed by Kent County Council, including the new site at Allington.
Only Medway Council residents will be able to use the area's tips
Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Waste Services, said: “Medway provides an excellent waste and recycling service, including free weekly household collections. Medway’s three household waste and recycling centres accept a variety of items people no longer need, and the booking system helps manage demand for this service.
“Thousands of Kent residents had been choosing to use Medway’s household waste and recycling centres, and the agreement with Kent County Council ensured that costs were reimbursed so Medway taxpayers did not pick up the bill. However, now this agreement has come to an end Kent residents will no longer be able to access our three sites. From 31 March, only residents who pay council tax to Medway Council will be able to book a trip to a Medway tip.”
Medway has three household waste and recycling centres:
- Hoath Way, Gillingham
- Capstone, Shawstead Road
- Cuxton, Sundridge Hill