Re­cy­clers warn of cost of ‘un­fair deal’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

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