Annual Christmas grotto at Maidstone waste and recycling centre

With Christmas just days away, staff at Tovil HWRC have once again created their own Christmas grotto.

For the past four years, staff at the Burial Ground Lane site have been collecting discarded Christmas decorations to make their festive display, complete with trees and festive statues.

Residents can continue to recycle their real and artificial Christmas trees at household waste and recycling sites across the county – as well as any old decorations – for free.

Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey said: “I’m delighted to see the display up once again this year and hopefully it’ll bring some cheer to people after a tumultuous year.

“All our HWRCs remain open apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Just book your slot either online or by phone to recycle wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and dearly loved by sadly departed Christmas trees – though please make sure you recycle the decorations separately from the tree.

“If you can’t re-gift something there are plenty of recycling opportunities at our HWRCs and most items can be disposed of without charge.

“We take around 710,000 tonnes of waste each year, 48% of which is converted into energy and 50% is recycled or composted.

“At our Tovil site, 99.7% of all the material people bring to us is diverted away from landfill.”

KCC has 18 waste and recycling sites at Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Margate, New Romney, Pepperhill, Richborough, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Swanley, and Tunbridge Wells.

No plastics are sent to landfill, and across the whole of Kent less than 1% of all waste disposed goes to landfill.

You can find Christmas opening hours here.

Local kerbside collection arrangements may be slightly changed over the festive period and can also be found on District or Borough websites

Annual Christmas grotto at Maidstone waste and recycling centre was last modified: December 17th, 2020 by Thom Morris