8th June Monthly Report.
Our President Kate Dilkes welcomed 43 members and 1 visitor to our June meeting in The Lads’ Club. Netta Marshall and Sheila Smith were thanked for helping with the refreshments and Marjorie Mitchell was thanked for the flowers on the top table.
There was not a lot of business to deal with, but there were some forth coming events to make a note of. To read details about the Pot Luck Lunch and the outing to St. Augustine’s Priory in Bilsington please click here.
After coffee we welcomed Brian Rumbelow from Dover with Folkestone and Hythe District Councils whose illustrated talk was entitled “What happens to Waste?”. This was a very interesting talk which Brian put over in a lively manner. (I took 7 pages of notes but fear not, I have edited them!)
Firstly, the green bin for non-recyclable rubbish; this is sent to Maidstone where it is burnt and used to produce electricity and the ash is used as agricultural compost.
Secondly, the purple lidded bin; the contents of these bins are sent to Rainham in Essex where it is put into a huge machine which sorts it out. Brian showed us a video of this process and a video entitled the life of a plastic milk bottle which is recycled and re-made into a plastic milk bottle.
So, where does all the sorted waste go to be processed and recycled? Metal cans etc. go to Llanelli, Aluminium cans to Warrington, Tetra packs and cartons to Halifax, paper (not shiny wrapping paper) to Kings Lynn, Plastics to Lincolnshire, Glass (not Pyrex or window glass) to Rainham.
Food waste goes to Basingstoke where gas is extracted and used to supply homes and the residue is used for agricultural compost.
Garden waste goes to Hope Farm in Capel where it is turned into agricultural compost and used on the farm. The only items which must be sent abroad for recycling are batteries which go to Belgium. As householders we have a legal obligation to dispose of electrical goods properly and these are sent on to Sittingbourne. Brian’s talk provoked many questions both during and after his talk. Dorothea Wheeler gave the vote of thanks.
To see the details of next month’s meeting including the competition for July please click here.