Give it a few months and all this fuss will be for­got­ten

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Waste Collection Latest - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil bosses say they are con­fi­dent that is­sues with the new re­cy­cling ser­vice will be for­got­ten in six months’ time.

While some res­i­dents are still wait­ing for their bins to ar­rive, other are get­ting to grips with what can be re­cy­cled and which items should go in each bin.

Speak­ing about the new Biffa waste col­lec­tion ser­vice, port­fo­lio holder Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford (Con) said: “I think the team have been work­ing very hard on this.

“Biffa have missed out some bins un­for­tu­nately but we’ve been giv­ing peo­ple who were missed out pref­er­ence for those who want bins in­stead of sacks or sacks in­stead of bins.”

She added: “We’re treat­ing ev­ery house as an in­di­vid­ual and we’re try­ing to sort ev­ery­thing out to meet ev­ery­one’s in­di­vid­ual needs. I’m sure in six months time we will be won­der­ing what all the fuss was about.”

Coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son (Con) said: “By and large it’s rolling out fairly well but it would be fool­ish to think it’s run­ning smoothly.

“There are bound to be snags and hic­cups with any ser­vice you are rolling out. We are try­ing to deal with in­di­vid­ual needs, that’s one of the things that makes it a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, so that takes a lit­tle bit more time.”

He added that he was look­ing for­ward to the coun­cil climb­ing up the national re­cy­cling league ta­bles, al­though he felt it un­fair that Ash­ford was rated so poorly de­spite burn­ing its waste for en­ergy rather than send­ing it for land­fill in the past.

Any res­i­dents who are still wait­ing for their bins can email re­cy­cling@ ash­ford. gov.uk.

Ques­tions about the ser­vice can also be sub­mit­ted via the coun­cil’s Face­book page or via Tweeter @Ash­ford­Coun­cil.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ash­ford.gov.uk/waste

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2686664

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