Recyclers warn of cost of ‘unfair deal’
A GROUP which collects recycling from more than 1,200 households has said it will be forced to charge for its service because of an “unfair deal” from county hall.
Founder of the WyeCycle Richard Boden said KCC has refused to disclose how much money it receives for sending waste to be burnt at the incinerator in Allington but believes it is way above what the group gets for recycling it.
He said: “In order to maintain our service we expect to get a fair deal in terms of financial support from the local authority.
“For every tonne of material WyeCycle collect for recycling we receive £53.80 from KCC as a recycling credit. For every tonne of waste burned at the Allington incinerator, where waste from Wye and Brook goes if we don’t collect it, KCC pay over £70.
“The amount of taxpayers’ money spent on recycling waste through a local community enterprise should be at least equal to the amount spent on burning it through a foreign owned commercial operation.”
Mr Boden has warned villagers that if KCC refuses to up its support, WyeCycle, which is based in Wye, will be forced to charge for its services from February. The charge will remain until KCC agree to match the money it gives to Kent Enviropower which runs the incinerator near Maidstone.
Kent County Council said it would write to WyeCycle informing them that their recycling credit is due to rise by 3 per cent next year. County Hall officials refused to reveal how much it paid to Kent Enviropower.