Weekly rub­bish col­lec­tions stay

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

RES­I­DENTS will con­tinue to have their rub­bish col­lected weekly. The pledge was given dur­ing last week’s full coun­cil meet­ing by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil leader Paul Clokie. Cllr Clokie said there was ab­so­lutely no ques­tion the coun­cil would be dis­con­tin­u­ing weekly col­lec­tion of the cur­rent black sack sys­tem. His com­ments came af­ter Cllr Jim Wedg­bury asked about the fu­ture of weekly rub­bish col­lec­tions in the bor­ough fol­low­ing na­tional news­pa­per re­ports that they were op­er­at­ing fort­nightly. Cllr Peter Dav­i­son said a huge num­ber of res­i­dents were deeply con­cerned over the de­ci­sion to aban­don plas­tic re­cy­cling. The coun­cil leader said the sit­u­a­tion with plas­tics was more com­plex as they were ex­pen­sive to re­cy­cle and en­vi­ron­men­tally un­friendly, tak­ing up space be­fore they can be com­pacted. The county coun­cil has just com­pleted a two-year trial plas­tic re­cy­cling scheme us­ing seven house­hold waste cen­tres across east Kent. They de­cided not to ex­tend it af­ter ev­i­dence showed the lorry move­ments to deal with the process cre­ated a larger en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print than not col­lect­ing them at all. He said: “Sus­tain­ing the ser­vice was ac­tu­ally harm­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and do­ing so at an ex­pen­sive fi­nan­cial cost that could not be jus­ti­fied. “The new coun­cil will be de­bat­ing its stance on plas­tic re­cy­cling this sum­mer, when the county/dis­tricts joint waste man­age­ment strat­egy needs to have a lo­cal ac­tion plan for­mu­lated and agreed.”

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