So­lu­tion for plas­tic must be found

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to ex­press ut­ter dis­ap­point­ment in the de­ci­sion to re­move the fa­cil­i­ties for plas­tic re­cy­cling from my re­cy­cling cen­tre on the Cobbs Wood in­dus­trial es­tate, Ash­ford. I be­lieve that this should not be aban­doned, it sounds to me like it was tried and be­cause it has

not worked first time that it is eas­ier to just stop the idea com­pletely. Do not give up. Com­mu­ni­cate with other bor­ough coun­cils to get ideas from them about what schemes they are in­tro­duc­ing for plas­tic re­cy­cling and get the pub­lic in­volved, ie: the pub­lic are in­ter­ested and com­mit­ted to re­cy­cling plas­tics. Ul­ti­mately Ash­ford bor­ough coun­cil must in­tro­duce a new scheme that works for both the coun­cil and the cus­tomer. We all must not lose sight of the rea­sons why re­cy­cling plas­tic is more im­por­tant now to pre­serve fos­sil fu­els, re­duce harm­ful land­fill sites for our ben­e­fit and our chil­dren’s fu­tures. An idea would be for the Gov­ern­ment to place the re­spon­si­bil­ity back on to the man­u­fac­tur­ers of plas­tic to ei­ther de­velop and in­tro­duce biodegrad­able plas­tic con­tain­ers or force the man­u­fac­tur­ers to work along­side bor­ough coun­cils and com­pa­nies that al­ready re­cy­cle plas­tic to pro­vide a ser­vice and fa­cil­ity for re­cy­cling. Christo­pher B. Cur­ley, by e-mail.

NOW that I have to waste plas­tics, our weekly rub­bish has ap­prox­i­mately dou­bled. This must cause ad­di­tional jour­neys to empty the refuse lor­ries. Have th­ese costs been taken into ac­count? Card­board is not per­mit­ted in the blue bins but a large amount is thrown away each week and the col­lec­tion points at su­per­mar­kets are of­ten full. Is there a way that this can be col­lected and re­cy­cled? I re­alise that for much of it the blue bins would be in­ad­e­quate.

�� D. Him­s­ley, Evans Road, Willes­bor­ough, Ash­ford.

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