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Recycling Pressure Pays Off!

November 4, 2012 6:29 PM
By Chris Took in Victoria Focus Leaflet

The Blue Box is set to be Recycled with a new scheme in AshfordConservative run Ashford Borough has a terrible record on recycling.

Indeed for the last two years the borough has come bottom of the English league table for recycling rates. Improvements are drastically needed.

In his latest resident survey Cllr Jeremy Adby found more than 80% of local residents wanted to see an improvement in the services offered.

We are, therefore, extremely welcoming of new measures, to take effect from April 2013, that should see a massive increase in our recycling
rates without damaging the current collection services we all take for granted.

The new service will allow for the collection of glass, paper, cans and, crucially, plastic - something that we and local residents have long been calling for. Depending on the type of property and the number of residents at a given dwelling, each home will be given a bin for food waste, recyclable material and general non recyclable waste. Collection of the recyclable and non recyclable waste will take place on alternate weeks, whilst food waste will be collected on a weekly basis.

Additionally, by undertaking a joint contract with Maidstone and Swale, the new agreement will also mean the council can save money versus the existing waste contract.

Once the service has been fully rolled out, and residents have had a chance to use the new containers, the council will
go back to residents for feedback on how the service is working.

Speaking to this website Cllr Adby said "Improving the disastrous recycling rate of the borough has been a long time campaign for Liberal Democrat councillors and candidates both past and present. I completely understand that residents might have concerns and, as councillor for Victoria ward I will ensure that the questions you raise are put to the correct people within the council."

"One disappointment for me is that we were not able to re-introduce a garden waste collection from April, however this is still under discussion and will hopefully be available to residents at some point in 2013."

"Residents will be sent letters in preparation of the scheme's roll out, with a poster campaign, website information and more details in Ashford Voice Magazine. It has been a long hard slog to get an improved recycling service for Ashford, the key now is that we deliver on these promises for the benefit of residents and the environment."