It’s green for go, as col­lec­tions change

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - It’s Just Not Cricket -

Anew era of re­cy­cling is about to be­gin in Ash­ford. Thou­sands of wheelie bins and food cad­dies have been de­liv­ered to homes across the bor­ough this week, be­fore the coun­cil’s new refuse col­lec­tion ser­vice starts of­fi­cially on Mon­day.

The changes have been a long time com­ing; plans to in­tro­duce the new bins were re­vealed last year as a means of ad­dress­ing Ash­ford’s em­bar­rass­ing re­cy­cling record, which has been rated the worst in the coun­try for sev­eral years.

House­holds are now adapt­ing to a new regime, where they will be re­quired to sep­a­rate their waste into re­cy­cling, com­postable food waste and non-re­cy­clable waste. The coun­cil hopes this will soon be­come sec­ond na­ture.

The changes have been com­min­cated to res­i­dents well, both through coun­cil lit­er­a­ture, on­line ad­vice and road­shows held at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the bor­ough.

De­spite this, many res­i­dents are still con­fused by the changes and the tim­ings and have been jam­ming the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s switch­board with in­quiries. It seems the ‘sec­ond na­ture’ bit might still take a lit­tle while. De­tails of where to go if you have a query are on page 19 of this week’s pa­per.

Hope­fully any teething prob­lems will soon be ironed out and Ash­ford can, with res­i­dents’ co-op­er­a­tion, be­come the model of a green bor­ough.

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