This has put me on the spot. I’m trying to work out whether I’m a supporter or not.
On the one hand I do believe strongly in community recycling – as I specified in an earlier post and in the display at the self-sufficiency exhibition back in September. And I admire much of what Richard Boden has achieved and continues to achieve for the village.
But on the other hand, I think that Wyecycle has been starved of proper support for so long that it’s not really operating as a ‘community’ recycling company and it’s difficult to see how it can continue – given that Ashford’s chosen contractor Biffa has said that it’s not prepared to subcontract.
I am also concerned that the community should receive information from both Wyecycle and Biffa/ABC.
Wyecycle’s letter says that the company is to suspend operations on Thursday 21 March. Here is the letter that Richard Boden has drafted for residents: 130303 Wyecycleletter And a table comparing the activities of Wyecycle with the prospective service of Biffa/ABC: 130303 Wyecycletable
Richard actually wrote to ABC to ask for comments on the letter and the table. ABC chose not to comment on the letter but made suggested amendments to the table. Richard has chosen not to include many of their amendments so I am putting them up here: 130303 ABC response to WyeCycle
At the moment neither Wyecycle nor ABC are telling me why Biffa have chosen not to subcontract – presumably because the information is deemed commercially sensitive. (Where have I heard that before?)
On a practical level, if Wyecycle does cease operating in the middle of next month, Ashford have said that they will provide a replacement waste collection service – though they will not guarantee that this will be a recycling service.
Residents are advised that recycling can be taken to the nearest recycling banks at Perry Court Farm shop and local supermarkets.
For details of the new borough-wide recycling service please click here. Councillor Shoults and I have both written to Ashford Borough Council to request a briefing on the new service.
(Readers may be interested in an article that I wrote for the Arab News many years ago detailing a similar situation on a somewhat larger scale: 130225 Cairorubbish)