Council Recycling Proposals

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Anne Waddingham writes: There are changes afoot in 2019 for our recycling services in Tonbridge & Malling.

* There will be a new weekly food waste collection (caddy provided).

* The green-lidded bin collection will continue on alternate weeks but will consist of dry recyclables: plastics, metals, cartons and glass.

* Paper and cardboard will be collected in the separate green box.

* The black-lidded bin for non-recyclables will still be collected fortnightly and taken to the energy-fromwaste incinerator in Allington.

* A new brown-lidded wheelie bin for garden waste will be collected fortnightly but we’ll have to opt in to this service and pay a small annual fee.

It’s certainly welcome to have kerbside collection of plastic, glass and metal, something TMBC have been behind in achieving compared with many other councils nationwide. It should boost recycling and hopefully mean an end to the depressing sight of overflowing containers in Sainsbury’s car park.

But is the annual garden waste charge ‘to fund the changes’ justified? Don’t the councils make money from selling the compost they generate from our green waste? And let’s hope the fee doesn’t result in mounds of perennial weeds and non-native plants being dumped in the countryside. (At least it’s biodegradable, unlike fly-tipped fridges and sofas!)

Councillors have agreed the proposals, which are now out to tender. They will be implemented next year.

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