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Gravesham Council considers £4.9 million recycling collection plan
PLANS to lift Gravesham off the bottom of Kent’s recycling league table with a £4.9 million scheme are to be considered by the council.
The borough is currently 341st out of 352 council areas in the country for the proportion of waste sent to recycle or compost at just 24.5 per cent.
Gravesham Council aims to raise that figure to 40 per cent in the next few years thanks to the £4.9 million government-funded project to collect food waste every week.
The council’s preferred option would see food caddies handed out to households with residual waste in black sacks collected once a week and recycling in wheelie bins every fortnight.
The collections would be phased in from next summer to go with a new fleet of vehicles and new food caddies and bins.
Council leader Councillor John Burden said: "We know people here want to recycle more and we are trying to make this as straightforward as possible.
"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."
The plans will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on October 7.
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