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Recycling rate in Ancient Market Place leaps to 48 per cent

The recycling rate within the renovated Ancient Market Place has risen to 48 per cent in its first year and a half, following the introduction of a robust waste management plan.

The waste management plan is managed between Kingston Council, Kingstonfirst and Veolia. Previously, all waste within the Ancient Market Place was sent to landfill.

Councillor Terry Paton, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Waste at Kingston Council, said: 

“I’m delighted with this result - our residents, visitors and market stall traders are making excellent use of the new facilities, and my hope is that this figure continues to rise over the coming months.

“As well as putting in place a recycling system, we introduced a permanent street cleansing team to ensure that the Ancient Market Place always looks its best. From litter picking to collecting market stall waste, the team are on hand between 6am all the way through to 10pm, on weekdays and weekends.

“The Market Place is a hugely important part of the town, and a key gateway to the River. We made a commitment to ensure our community always looks its best and provides the best, and this is one of the ways we’re doing just that.”

Ros Morgan, Chief Executive of Kingstonfirst, said:

“To go from a recycling rate of zero to almost 50 per cent in such a relatively short period of time is a brilliant achievement.

“You can’t just drive the normal collection lorries into the middle of the Market Place, so this needed a genuinely innovative solution.

“The key to success has been cooperation. Traders now separate their waste into landfill and recyclables at their stalls and we come round and do the rest. It’s been a great partnership.”

Find out more about recycling in Kingston.