Monday 15 October 2012
Residents in Swale, Ashford and Maidstone will soon have a new, improved waste collection, recycling and street cleaning service.
As a result of partnership working, between Kent County Council, Swale Borough Council, Ashford Borough Council and Maidstone Borough Council, more recycling opportunities will be provided and significant financial savings will be made on the current collection arrangements.
The proposal to proceed with a joint waste and street cleansing contract with Swale, Ashford and Maidstone Borough Councils has now been approved subject to legal formalities being completed.
The preferred contractor is Biffa Municipal Ltd.
There will be a phased roll out after existing waste contracts come to an end.
The new arrangements will improve the quality of waste collection services, provide higher levels of recycling and composting for residents across all three boroughs as well as bring greater efficiencies for each authority.
Cllr David Simmons, Swale Cabinet Member for The Environment and Rural Affairs, said
"The emptying of bins is an important service provided to every household in the Borough. The contents of the bins must no longer be regarded as rubbish but instead as a valuable resource. As a farmer, I have long been worried about the amount of food which is thrown away, but with the new service unwanted food will be collected, composted and returned to the land as an important soil conditioner. This will play an important role in enhancing Swale Borough Councils green credentials and further reduce the volume of material sent to land fill.
"Under the new arrangements more items, including glass, can be placed in the blue dry recycling bin without using the insert, and a new weekly food waste collection will be introduced. Separate arrangements will be made for those properties not able to use wheeled bins. In the next few months the Council will be carrying out an awareness and communication programme with residents so that they can take maximum advantage of the exciting new opportunities for recycling."