Residents deliver record recycling rates

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Last Updated: 10 Feb 2020 10:06am

The amount of household waste being recycled by Tonbridge and Malling residents has passed the 50% mark for the first time.

The increase follows new kerbside collections of plastic, metal and glass introduced in September 2019. A report to the Council’s Street Scene and Environment Services Advisory Board says that, despite problems with the roll out of the new service, the proportion of waste now being recycled has risen from 42% to around 55%.

Tonbridge and Malling residents have also responded positively to a new garden waste recycling service with 47% of households signing up – the highest level in Kent.

Together the two services have boosted the amount of material being collected for recycling by nearly a thousand tonnes a month. In October and November 2019 the kerbside collections of recycling and garden waste in Tonbridge and Malling exceeded 4,500 tonnes, up from 3,600 tonnes during the same period the year before.

Cllr Robin Betts, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Environment Services, said: “I would like to thank residents for their enthusiastic response which is helping ensure more of our waste is recycled and also to apologise to anyone who had problems with collections as the new arrangements were implemented. Thank you for your support and patience during these times. We are confident that these issues have now been addressed and look forward to building on these very positive figures in the months ahead.”