Environment

Victoria Park – Suggestions please!

Following his presentation to South Ashford Community Forum on 16th September, Chris Dixon of ABC is asking for suggestions to improve Victoria Park. The outline of the presentation is attached to the Minutes of the Meeting, available from our Minutes and Agendas page.

 

Residents encouraged to recycle smart

Recycling LabelRecently Ashford Borough Council (ABC) has seen an increase in the amount of unrecyclable materials being placed in recycling bins; this has resulted in some waste loads being rejected. This has an effect on Ashford’s recycling rates, costs taxpayers an additional £50 for every tonne rejected, and leaves residents confused when the crews are unable to take the recycling presented.

In order to save taxpayers’ money and continue the excellent environmental efforts of residents, helping Ashford climb even further up the DEFRA league table, they have been encouraging our residents to focus on the quality of items they are recycling.Unfortunately mistakes can happen, as seen recently in certain areas of the Borough, which has resulted in a drop in the quality of items being received at the recycling facility.

That’s why from 24th August, Biffa will be placing advisory stickers on bins which contain unrecyclable items. The sticker will say “Warning” and clearly state which incorrect material was placed in the bin so the household is aware for future collections. On this one-off occasion the bin will be emptied, however if incorrect items are found on subsequent occasions, the crew will not collect the waste and a sticker will be placed on the bin to indicate this. (more…)

Report waste crime anonymously

Did you know that you can report waste crime anonymously? Waste crime blights communities and causes pollution. People who carry out waste crime, such as running illegal landfills, threaten legitimate waste businesses. If you are aware of, or have suspicions about, illegal activity, please report it today.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. You can report fly-tipping to the local council: Telephone 01233 331111 or online via www.ashford.gov.uk/flytipping.

You can report major incidents of the dumping of waste to the Environment Agency incident hotline, eg lorries dumping waste: Environment Agency incident hotline Telephone: 0800 80 70 60

To report anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or report it online: crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information.