Countdown for doorstep deliveries

Contributed by editor on Jun 17, 2005 - 08:32 PM


With just over two weeks to go before the start of Shepway Council’s new waste collection service, the final recycling boxes and bags are being delivered to homes in Folkestone.

A team of recycling officers started house-to-house deliveries in May and has already covered rural and coastal towns and villages. When the deliveries in Folkestone finish at the end of the month, 40,000 boxes and bags will be ready for the new waste collection starts when it o­n 4 July.

As well as getting the boxes (for glass, tins, cans and plastic bottles) and bags (for newspaper and card) out and about across the district, the team is delivering leaflets explaining how the new service works and answering residents’ questions.

The service extends the council’s current weekly collection of paper and card to include glass bottles and jars, tins, cans and plastic bottles. Landfill waste in wheelie bins and garden waste in brown-topped bins will be collected every two weeks.

Cllr Shirley Newlands, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said there were a number of reasons for the change to the council’s waste collection service.

“Although our current kerbside collection of paper and card and our garden waste places us among the top recycling councils in Kent, the government has set tough targets to remove rubbish from landfill sites.

“Shepway Council, along with others across the country, has got to meet those targets or risk being fined.

“We must ensure that 30 per cent of our waste is recycled by 2005/06 and we know that the targets will keep o­n rising. We will also have to face dramatic rises in the costs of using landfill sites.â€?

Recycling Officer, Fiona Fairhurst, said there had been a positive reaction to the new service.

“We have been out and about talking to people while delivering the boxes and bags. Although some people have had concerns about fortnightly collections of landfill waste, the main reaction has been very positive. Most people realise we cannot go o­n dumping valuable recyclable material in a hole in the ground and are pleased that the council is doing something about it.

“We hope that we have also been able to reassure people that if they use the boxes and bags, there will be enough room in their bin for a fortnightly collection. This is not a new concept. More than 100 councils have moved o­nto fortnightly collections and it is not surprising that these councils are among the top recycling authorities.â€?

Homes that do not have room for wheelie bins will be given new purple sacks for their landfill waste.

“We are doing this because we want to keep track of household waste and business waste. Some traders dump their waste in black sacks next to residents’ black sacks.

Business should make their own arrangements to dispose of their waste and not expect it to be collected in what is a domestic service,� said Fiona.

Calendars giving collection days for the boxes and bags, landfill waste and garden waste will be delivered to homes across the district over the next two weeks.