Refuse & Recycling

Household Refuse Collection     

TMBC provides each household with two large wheeled bins; one black lidded, one green lidded, plus a green box (no lid) and two food waste bins (kitchen caddy  & outside food waste bin, black with orange lid).  TMBC can also provide garden waste service (chargeable) in a brown bin.

Green Box (Paper & Cardboard):
In the green box you place paper, newspapers, magazines, telephone directories. The paper contents are recycled into paper.

In the recycling bin (green lidded) you place glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, food tins, plastic pots and tubs, plastic food trays and punnets, sweet/biscuit tins, cans, foil food trays.

The black lidded refuse bin is for non-recyclable waste including drink and food cartons, plastic bags, nappies and sanitary items, crisp packets/sweets wrappers.

Kitchen caddy for all cooked and raw leftover food – empty the kitchen caddy into the outside foods waste bin and lock the lid by moving the handle to the upright or forward position.

Garden Waste (Brown bin):  A new fortnightly garden waste service, please contact TMBC (see below) or subscribe and pay online.


Note: Cardboard, paper, cans & glass can also be placed in the Recycling Centre containers adjacent to the Village Hall.  This generates income for the village (over £831.28 raised in 2019/2020)


Both the green box and the green bin are emptied one week, the black bin the following week. Place your bins at the boundary of your property by 7 a.m. on the morning of collection & remove your containers once they have been emptied.

To find out when your next collection date is, click here and enter your postcode.

Contact:      Waste Services Team    (01732) 876147 or email:
For more information about household recycling click here.

Household Waste & Recycling Centres (formerly know as ‘The Tip’)

For information about where you can dispose of larger, household items, click here.


Village Recycling Centre         

The Recycling Centre in Burham village is provided / operated by: TMBC, KCC, The British Heart Foundation, D.S. Smith and Burham Parish Council. There are various containers for recycling unwanted items which are not collected from your premises, these include containers where you can recycle:

  • Glass: Green, Clear and Brown
  • Cans
  • Plastic: NB items numbered 1, 2, 4 and 5 only
  • Books and CDs
  • Cardboard and Paper: Please ensure cardboard is flattened prior to putting into the container so more can be fitted in, as there is a charge to Burham Parish Council of £25 each time the container is changed. Note also that both cardboard & paper is accepted even where the container says ‘no cardboard’.

The Recycling Containers are sited adjacent to the Village Hall. Please do not leave household rubbish or any other items in this area! Any items left are considered as fly tipping, details will be notified to TMBC who have the authority to issue a £400 fixed penalty notice. One has recently been issued for such an offence in Burham.

Village Bulky Refuse Collection

The Bulky Refuse Collection Service is provided by TMBC and the collection vehicle currently visits the village on the second Saturday in each month from 8.00 – 9.00 a.m.

The collection vehicle is stationed in the Village Hall car park.

For up to date information on this service including what items are eligible for collection and dates, visit the TMBC website here.