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Ashford expands paper kerbside scheme

Ashford Borough Council has extended its waste paper kerbside scheme to 9,000 additional homes, with Aylesford Newsprint yesterday confirming it will recycle the collected material.

Between February and April the council expanded its blue box recycling scheme across both urban parts of Ashford and outlying villages, and all paper collected will be recycled into newsprint for the country’s top newspapers.

Ashford Borough Council said in a statement that it aims to increase recycling rates and change people’s thinking about green living through the scheme.

Mick Pearce, who is responsible for open spaces initiatives at Ashford Borough Council, said: “Reprocessing Ashford’s recovered paper at Aylesford Newsprint is a logical step towards improving our recycling rates. As an efficient reprocessor, Aylesford will help us deliver these improvements through an environmentally sound method.”

Pearce added that the proximity of the borough to its reprocessing facilities will help reduce the region’s fuel consumption as well as its carbon footprint.

Aylesford Newsprint recycles more than 500,000 tonnes of used newspapers and magazines each year in order to manufacture 400,000 tonnes of premium quality newsprint suitable for the production of many of the country’s best-known newspapers. The Aylesford mill near Maidstone in Kent recycles one in every seven newspapers bought in the UK, according to the company.

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