BELL LANE RE-CYCLING CENTRE
Official Adoptee: Friends of All Saints
There is a re-cycling centre in the Bell Lane Car Park for Glass, Paper, Metal Tins and Aluminium, Shoes and Clothing. Cardboard should now be recycled through the household mixed recycling collection detailed below.
If any of the re-cycling bins become full, it would be a great help if you could telephone to report it on the following numbers:
GLASS: 01977 608020
PAPER, METAL TINS & ALUMINIUM: 01622 602162
SHOES: 0500 827198
CLOTHING: 0845 4581999
Collections from your home
MBC's contractors collect unrecyclable rubbish bins and recyclable materials on alternate fortnights (see http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/recycling,_rubbish_and_waste.aspx
for further information and details of your collection day. Although you can put glass in your nonrecyclable rubbish (which is incinerated and then collected for use in roadstones) you can still take glass bottles and jars to the Bell Lane for recycling into higher-grade glass items.
MBC Graffiti Removal Service
Private landowners, residents and businesses can now apply to MBC for a graffiti removal service. Enquiries should be made to MBC Cleansing Call Centre on 01622 602162.
Don't Let Your 'Best Friend' Spoil Our Streets
A message from Maidstone Borough Council's Civic Wardens:
The Council is very concerned about our streets and open spaces. We want to make sure your street is clean and free of dog mess, so as to give you a better quality of life.
We have received a number of requests from local residents asking the 'Hit Squad' to come and clean your street of dog mess. Dog mess is unsightly and a health risk, especially to children. If caught not cleaning up, the dog owner can face a fixed penalty fine on the spot or, if prosecuted, a hefty fine of up to £2,500. It also wastes a great deal of our resources (and your Council Tax) clearing up all this mess.
We would like to work together with you in solving this problem. What we propose to do:
* Ask that dog owners clean up after their dogs. When available there are free plastic bags at the council reception points or just use old plastic bags you have - pop it in a doggie bin or take it home for disposal.
* Ask residents to contact the Hit Squad on 01622 602162 if your street needs cleaning.
* Ask residents to report any dog owner who doesn't clean up after their dog - by phoning the Civic Wardens on 01622 602117. They will step up their patrols, put up signs and visit any owner who is breaching the law.
* If there is a persistent problem we will bring in mobile CCTV cameras to catch the offenders.
It is generally only a few dog owners who flout the law and don't clean up. If you're one of these think again, we intend to use every power open to us to clean up our environment for you, your children and your neighbours.
- Compostable garden waste will only be collected by MBC if bagged in the new compostable white MBC Garden Sacks or MBC bin hired for this purposes. MBC Garden sacks are available from Henhurst Farm Shop, Pinnock Lane, TN12 0HD, Paxman Services (UK) Ltd at Unit 3, Larkstore Park, Lodge Road, TN12 0QY or Spuds 'n' Buds, High Street, at £3.50 per roll of 5. If you use more than 10 rolls of garden sacks per year and you have room for an additional bin, it may be more cost-effective to hire a bin from MBC (Tel 01622 601612). Leave the white sacks beside
your household waste bin on your fortnightly collection day (or put vegetation in the blue-lidded or yellow striped wheelie bin hired from MBC for this purpose).
Please do not overload MBC Garden Sacks - spare a thought for the collectors having to pick them up! Please do not put turf, foil, stones, animal waste or bedding, large branches, logs, tree stumps or kitchen scraps in the MBC Garden Sacks. Contact MBC on 01622 602162 or send an email via their website at http://www.digitalmaidstone.co.uk. Collection details are available at http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/recycling,_rubbish_and_waste.aspx
Changes to Garden Waste Collection from June 2013 - Garden sacks will not be collected after June 2013. Residents requiring collection of garden waste will need to use garden waste bins. MBC is offering two sizes – a 240 litre wheelie bin costing £30 a year or a 140 litre wheelie bin costing £27 a year. The bags will soon disappear from general sale because retailers have been unable able to purchase them for resale since the end of August 2012. MBC will only supply bags to properties which are not suitable for wheelie bins. They will cost £30 for up to 52 bags a year. Households who cannot store any bins but would like to use the garden waste service should contact waste services on 01622 602600.
Food Waste - This is collected weekly by MBC and food waste should be placed in the black with orange lidded caddy and put out at the front boundary of your property on collection day. Compostable sacks for the grey kitchen caddies are now available to purchase from the Henhurst Farm Shop, Pinnock Lane, TN12 0HD and Paxman Services (UK) Ltd at Unit 3 Larkstore Park, Lodge Road. TN12 0QY.
If you see someone flytipping, note the description and registration of any vehicle involved, what the person looks like and the time and place. Please pass this information directly to Maidstone Borough Council's Cleansing Team on 01622 602162 or report it online at http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/transport_and_streets/street_care_and_cleaning/refuse_-_flytipping.aspx . If the rubbish appears to be hazardous (chemical drums, for example) or there is a vast quantity of it (more than a lorry load) contact the Environment Agency's 24-hour hotline on 0800 807060.
Bulky rubbish collections
Standard 1-6 items £20, 7-12 items £30, and standard 13-18 items £45. Items must be less than 6ft long and lifted safely by 2 operatives.
Items NOT ACCEPTABLE include: Car parts, machinery, builders rubble, glass including mirrors, plasterboard & hazardous waste (asbestos, paint, chemicals, sharps, oils etc)
Saturday Freighter Service
This is now a Saturday only service, and can no longer accept garden waste or large bulky items. It will still take wood, metal, fitness equipment, electrical appliances (excluding TVs, mointors, fridges & freezers which are classed as hazardous waste), carpet & underlay, broken or small items of furniture, plastic items eg toys, garden chairs, DIY including p