Last Updated: 23 Apr 2019 3:35pm
Plastics and glass collections are not the only thing arriving on kerbsides in Tonbridge and Malling this year, as a series of roadshows hit the streets to help spread the word about the new waste and recycling service and improvements to collections from September 2019.
Residents can visit Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s ‘Recycle for All’ Roadshows to chat to the council’s Waste Services team, find out more about the much improved recycling service and ask any questions they may have. Roadshows take place as follows: -
Friday 26 April
9am – 3:30pm
Asda, 1 Alexander Grove, Kingshill,
West Malling, ME19 4SZ
Tuesday 14 May
Hildenborough Farmers Market, St Johns Church Centre,
Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough TN 11 9HT
Thursday 23 May
9am – 11am
Shipbourne Farmers Market, St Giles' Church,
Stumble Hill, Shipbourne,TN11 9PF
Sunday 16 June
9:30am – 1:30pm
Aylesford Priory Farmers Market, Aylesford Priory
Aylesford ME20 7BX
Friday 21 June
9am – 3:30pm
Tesco Lunsford Park, Larkfield,
Aylesford, ME20 6RJ
Sunday 14 July
‘Sunday Funday’ Longmead Stadium
Tonbridge TN10 3JW
Friday 6 September
9am – 3:30pm
Asda 1 Alexander Grove,
Kings Hill, West Malling ME19 4SZ
New recycling, waste collection and street cleaning vehicles and crews have been out and about on the streets since 1 March 2019 when waste management company Urbaser Ltd began its collection & cleaning services contract in the borough.
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is working with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Urbaser Ltd as part of an eight-year contract to significantly improve recycling services for residents. The new contract in Tunbridge Wells began on 30 March.
Although the contracts began in March, services for both councils are continuing as normal for the time being while the logistics of the roll out of the new collection service are finalised. The new and greatly improved recycling service, which will enable residents to add plastics and glass as well as food waste to their kerbside collections in Tonbridge and Malling, will begin on Monday 30 September.
Tonbridge and Malling residents will be kept fully informed of the planned changes well in advance with the information roadshows along with a number of other methods including:
- A further leaflet giving full details of the new service, which will be delivered to all households in the summer.
- A new calendar showing collection days and dates.
- Bin stickers delivered mid-September will remind residents which bin to use.
- The Council’s website will be regularly updated to answer Frequently Asked Questions: www.tmbc.gov.uk/recycleforall
- Social media updates will be posted on the Council’s Twitter and Facebook sites:
In both boroughs, the new service will include:
- A weekly food waste collection;
- A fortnightly collection of waste which can’t be recycled;
- An alternate weekly collection of mixed dry recyclables (plastics, cans, cartons and glass) in a wheeled bin with a separate container for paper and card; and
- The separate fortnightly collection of garden waste (as an “opt in” charged service).
- Additional recycling collections of textiles, household batteries and small items of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
In Tonbridge and Malling, an annual fee of £40 will be charged for the fortnightly collection of garden waste with a special ‘early bird’ introductory offer of £35, which will also guarantee the reduced price for the second year. Charging for green waste collections (as the majority of local authorities now do) means that the Council can greatly expand its kerbside collections to include plastics, cartons, cans and glass, and offer a separate weekly food waste collection. Residents will be able to sign up to receive the ‘early bird’ introductory garden waste collection offer from Tuesday 7 May at www.tmbc.gov.uk/recycleforall.
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Director of Street Scene, Leisure and Technical Services, Robert Styles says: “We’d like the transition into the new service to go as smoothly as possible for residents, and we hope these roadshows will provide the ideal opportunity for people to familiarise themselves with the new service and gain full understanding of the improvements that are being made to collections. Please come along to meet the team and ask any questions you may have.”