Proposals aim to help Gravesham climb recycling table

PUBLISHED: 10:14 01 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:14 01 October 2013

Proposals to make it easier for Gravesham residents to recycle will be discussed by the council’s cabinet on Monday (October 7).

Gravesham has the worst recycling record in Kent and one of the worst nationwide and it is hoped changes will help the area climb the table.

Under the preferred scheme food waste will be collected weekly in separate new food caddies along with residual waste in black sacks every week. Once a fortnight recycling will be collected in wheeled bins.

A street-by-street survey is currently under way to identify all practical difficulties and not every property will be able to have the new bins.

The council successfully bid for £4.9million from central government for the new scheme. Currently less than a quarter of households in Gravesham recycle.

Council leader Cllr John Burden said: “We know that the people here want to recycle more and we are trying to make this as straightforward as possible while giving the maximum opportunity to recycle. One of the keys to this is the introduction of food waste collections separately.

“Removing food from the refuse sacks will have a dramatic effect on the problem of animal attacks on the black sacks and the rubbish strewn around the streets.

“We are also acutely aware of the problems encountered by other authorities which have introduced new collection services recently. We have learned from them. It certainly helps that our refuse collectors are directly employed by the council and have an outstanding record appreciated by the community.”

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