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Question to Kent County Council [with answer], 23 May 2013: Recycling Centre Safety

May 20, 2013 4:17 PM

Question by George Koowaree to David Brazier, Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment

Recently I witnessed a site employee at the temporary Ashford Household Waste Recycling facility getting into the metal recycling container to rearrange items to maximise the space for additional metal waste apparently because there was no crusher fitted.

Will the Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment confirm that the current site expansion and development of the main Ashford Household Waste Recycling Centre includes mechanised crusher systems on all appropriate containers to ensure site staff will not have to enter containers to maximise space; and will he ensure this practice ceases at all KCC recycling centre sites before someone is seriously injured?

Answer

The new Household Waste Recycling Centre for Ashford, which will be opening in July 2013, is designed so that metal and other compactable materials will be handled by machine only once deposited by members of the public.

I have asked my Waste Management team to investigate the incident at the temporary Household Waste Recycling Centre at Ashford detailed by Mr Koowaree. It should be noted that safe methods of work for entering skips have been accepted by the corporate Health & Safety team in limited circumstances, and the Head of Waste Services will ensure that any such activity only takes place in accordance with these approved safe ways of working.