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Ashford Borough Council named as worst recycler in the country

August 13, 2013 9:10 AM

Last week the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) named Ashford as the worst recycler in the country in 2012, the third year in a row that Ashford has been in this position. Only 14% of Ashford's waste was recycled in 2012 against a national average of 43%.

Local county councillor, George Koowaree, is appalled at Ashford's record but welcomes the opening of Kent County Council's new Household Waste Recycling Depot in Ashford last month.

"As a frequent user of the Depot, I must say it is a big improvement on the old one", says George.

"This new £4 million facility should help increase the recycling rate in Ashford.

"However, the introduction of new wheelie bins has got off to a bad start. I have constantly been on the receiving end of phone calls from dissatisfied members of the public who after many weeks are still without their bins.

"The collection of the bins has also not been running smoothly. The contract was won by Biffa, which has a very good track record nationally. Despite this, for whatever reason, they could not deliver what was expected; now they are working weekends playing catch up. Nonetheless, during the first week of the new arrangements 70 tons of food waste was collected.

"Ashford needs to get its act together", says George. "I sincerely hope Ashford, together with its partners, Kent County Council, Maidstone Borough Council and Swale Borough Council, will top the table in time to come."