Boxes and bags ready for new refuse collections

Contributed by editor on May 27, 2005 - 04:43 PM


The first batch of boxes and bags for Shepway Council’s new waste management service have now been delivered.

Homes in Dymchurch, Lydd and across the Romney Marsh were the first to receive them.

The council’s new waste service starts o­n 4 July and aims to help put the brake o­n the 33,000 tonnes of waste the district ends to landfill sites every year.

The new service extends the council’s current weekly kerbside collection of paper and card to include glass bottles and jars, tins, cans and plastic bottles. Boxes will be used for glass bottles and jars, tins, cans, and plastic bottles. Bags will be used for paper and card.

Cllr George Bunting, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Every year the average home in the Shepway district produces more than o­ne tonne of waste – and 80 per cent of this ends up in landfill sites. Landfill sites are running out – the o­ne we use in Canterbury will be full by 2015 – and the government has said we must reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill.

“The council hopes that everyone will want to use the weekly recycling collection and play their part in reducing waste.�

An information booklet giving full details of service will be delivered to all homes across the district over the next four weeks.