It’s green for go, as collections change
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.