£5m waste cen­tre is now open

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - All Change For Collection System -

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.

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