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LATEST: Yet another Maidstone recycling bin for you?

Monday 29th June 2020

The possibility of another refuse bin for households will be considered by Maidstone coúncillors as work starts on the detail of the next waste contract.

 Currently most households have a large black bin for general waste, a green bin for mixed recycling and a small container for food waste.  Many also pay separately for a large garden waste bin.

Kent County Council – the disposal authority – prefers recycling to be separated between paper and cardboard in one bin and other recyclables such as bottles, tubs, glass and  cans in another.  This system operates in East Kent and  South West Kent.

It was considered by Maidstone Council in 2013 but was discounted then due to complexities and cost of collection.  Modelling showed greater recycling could be achieved overall through the current method.

Maidstone combines with Ashford and Swale in the current Mid Kent Waste Contract.  The service is  supplied by BIFFA under the contract expiring in 2023.

Now Maidstone Council’s Communities, Housing and Environment Committee will receive a report on Tuesday from its Director of Regeneration and Place (William Cornall) to enable it to take an early look at possibilities ahead.

The Government is increasing the national target for recycling to 65% by 2035 and Mr Cornall says that with our current level around 50% ‘Maidstone has a long way to go in the next 15 years.’  Councillors are expected to attend a workshop in the next few months to start considering options.