Collection scrapped to cut costs
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.”