Col­lec­tion scrapped to cut costs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THE free green waste re­cy­cling scheme is be­ing scrapped by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil as a cost-cut­ting move.

The coun­cil says pres­sure on its bud­get has forced the de­ci­sion.

The ABC ex­ec­u­tive last week de­cided to end the four-year-old free gar­den waste pick-up ser­vice.

Al­though the coun­cil is un­der no le­gal obli­ga­tion to col­lect green/ gar­den waste sep­a­rately it in­tro­duced the scheme in 2005 in a bid to re­duce the amount of waste go­ing to land­fill and to help ful­fil the coun­cil’s re­cy­cling and com­post­ing per­for­mance tar­gets.

The ser­vice was avail­able be­tween March and Novem­ber with a fort­nightly col­lec­tion of­fered to around 21,000 prop­er­ties. Close to 2,500 tonnes of green waste was sent for com­post­ing through the scheme each year.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers agreed that if and when eco­nomic con­di­tions im­prove they will re­con­sider the de­ci­sion.

Peo­ple still have the op­tion to take gar­den waste to Kent County Coun- cil’s House­hold Re­cy­cling Cen­tre in Brunswick Road, Ash­ford, and will also be able to put green waste out for col­lec­tion with their nor­mal house­hold rub­bish.

Cllr Neil Bell, port­fo­lio holder re­spon­si­ble for waste man­age­ment said: “Noone likes to can­cel ser­vices but un­for­tu­nately the bud­get po­si­tion dic­tates that we only had two choices – to end the cur­rent free green waste ser­vice or to im­pose a charge for the ser­vice.

“In the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate, now is not the time to be im­pos­ing new charges on our res­i­dents.”

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