Ashford still top recycling authority in Kent

Ashford Borough Council remains the top recycling council in Kent, according to the latest Defra league tables released this week.

The council, once referred to as ‘England’s worst recycler’, posted a recycling rate of 53.1%, making it the 44th best recycling local authority in the country.

Since the council launched the new-look recycling service in 2013, the borough has quadrupled its recycling performance, been named the country’s most improved recycling authority, and been shortlisted for two categories in the 2015 National Recycling Awards.

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Cllr Clair Bell, portfolio holder for waste, recycling and street cleansing, said: “Ashford has been on a real journey in terms of our recycling figures, and we are proud to remain the top authority in the county for the second year running.

“We couldn’t have achieved such a dramatic change without the continued support of our residents, so the whole borough should be very proud of what we’ve achieved.

“There is still room for improvement, which is why next year we will be developing an education and promotional campaign to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and hopefully improve our figures even further in the future”.