Top re­cy­cling per­for­mance for coun­cil

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) has come top in the county for waste man­age­ment and re­cy­cling for the fourth year in a row - and has risen to new heights in the na­tional league ta­ble.

The au­thor­ity re­tained the top spot for both high­est per­cent­age of house­hold waste re­cy­cled and com­posted, and for the low­est resid­ual waste ton­nages per house­hold, as na­tional per­for­mance statis­tics for the last year were re­leased by the De­part­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs (De­fra).

The bor­ough au­thor­ity has also risen from 35th in the coun­try for re­cy­cling to 27th, and 10th for the amount of resid­ual waste pro­duced per house­hold.

In the last year, there has been a 1.6% in­crease in house­hold waste re­cy­cling across the area, which the coun­cil at­tributes to fac­tors such as a new ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, a more ‘stream­lined’ re­cy­cling process and res­i­dents be­ing keen to help the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ash­ford’s gar­den waste re­cy­cling ser­vice also con­tin­ues to grow and now has more than 15,400 cus­tomers signed up – grow­ing by al­most 1,000 users in the past year.

ABC says ‘it is push­ing the green agenda’ with a se­ries of ed­u­ca­tional events, ac­tiv­i­ties and work­shops planned for 2019.

Cllr Clair Bell, port­fo­lio holder for en­vi­ron­ment and land man­age­ment, said: “Ash­ford’s re­cy­cling suc­cess is cer­tainly some­thing to be proud of and we could not have achieved these fan­tas­tic re­sults with­out our res­i­dents’ on­go­ing sup­port and en­thu­si­asm.

“Ash­ford res­i­dents are do­ing a tremen­dous job at re­cy­cling, but it is very im­por­tant that we work hard to main­tain, and where pos­si­ble, im­prove this level.

“With 2019 be­ing the year of the en­vi­ron­ment we in­tend to fo­cus on re­in­forc­ing the mes­sage about re­cy­cling fur­ther with a strong pro­gramme of events, cam­paigns and ini­tia­tives through­out the year.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to strive for im­prove­ments wher­ever pos­si­ble.”

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