£5m waste centre is now open
After nine months of re-development and expansion, Ashford’s bigger and better Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) opened on Saturday at 8am.
The site, on the Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, was closed last October for an estimated six months, to allow for improvements, which included the installation of a waste transfer station. However, bad weather was blamed for delays in the reopening and the site was closed for nine months in total.
KCC invested £5 million into the redevelopment of the tip, which will deal with the rubbish collected by binmen as well as that taken there directly by householders and will be able to handle 100,000 tonnes of waste a year.
A KCC spokesman said: “The Ashford HWRC has been redesigned to increase the capacity of the site for the future, help to cut queues and improve the overall customer experience.”
Adam Hunter, 30, from Kingsnorth, who has visited the new site, said: “It was excellent, very easy to use and despite a short queue there were lots of staff on hand to assist and point people in the right direction. A job well done.”
During the site’s closure, residents were able to use a temporary site in Brunswick Road, just down the road from the new centre.
Ashford residents were without any tip for five days after the temporary site closed on Sunday, June 30 to allow time to move waste containers between the two sites.
The new tip will be open Monday to Saturday 8am-4.30pm and 9am-4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.