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Ship's Captain describes final voyage

She's the equivalent of about 78 in human years, she carried around 30 million passengers and did thousands of cross-channel trips but, as we showed you last week, the Pride of Calais met a somewhat undignified end, being deliberately crashed into the shore at a recycling yard in Turkey.

Now her captain has talked to Meridian about what it was like bringing her days to an end. David Johns reports, speaking to the ship's former Master, Paul Wood.


Recycling in Ashford more than trebles

Ashford’s domestic recycling rates have more than trebles since the introduction of the new recycling and refuse service.

The borough has previously been known as the worst recycler in the country with just 14% of its collected domestic waste sent for recycling. It is now at 50%.

Since a new service was rolled out by the council in July, Ashford residents have recycled nearly 4,900 tonnes of dry recyclables, waste food and green waste.

Residents switched from weekly refuse collections to alternate weekly recycling and refuse collections, and a weekly food waste collection – a service used by the top recycling authorities in the country.

This very encouraging performance indicates that Ashford should be well within the top 50 local authorities in the country – a far cry from propping up the bottom of the county and country league tables.

– Ashford Borough Council Cllr Jessamy Blanford

Fire at recycling plant

Smoke has been billowing high above Kent from a fire at a recycling plant. Firefighters have been at the plant in Sittingbourne all day.

Two men have been treated at the scene. People living nearby have been asked to keep windows and doors shut as a precaution.

Our reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to Chris Colgan from the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Justin Greenaway who helps run the plant and Paul Best who works at Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway.


Confusion in town where homes have six bins each

A new recycling scheme is causing some confusion in Kent. Homeowners in Whitstable now have six different types of dustbin to take away their waste.

The high number of bins is part of a recycling initiative. Although collections take place on Tuesday, different materials are emptied each week.

The local authority said it is trying to stop useful waste that can be recycled being sent to landfill sites. However the new way of doing things is causing some confusion for residents.

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