Christmas Waste Collections – 2012

Recycling and Waste Collections:

 Week commencing 24th December:

Normal collection day Revised collection day
Monday 24th December Monday 24th December
Tuesday 25th December Saturday 22nd December
Wednesday 26th December Thursday 27th December
Thursday 27th December Friday 28th December
Friday 28th December Saturday 29th December

For example: If your food and refuse waste is due for collection on Tuesday 25th December, it will now be collected on Saturday 22nd December; If your recycling and food waste is due for collection on Wednesday 26th December, it will now be collected on Thursday 27nd December.

Week commencing Monday 31st December:

Collection days will remain unchanged.

Garden Waste Collections:

Week commencing 24th December:

Normal collection day Revised collection day
Monday 24th December Monday 24th December
Tuesday 25th December Saturday 22nd December
Wednesday 26th December Thursday 27th December
Thursday 27th December Friday 28th December
Friday 28th December Saturday 29th December

Garden waste collections will then stop for two weeks from Monday 31st December to Friday 11th January 2013 (inclusive).

Kent Jobs for Kent’s Young People

Are you looking to expand your business? Worried about skills shortages and employee costs? If your business employs less than 250 people, Kent County Council could help you employ an apprentice and help pay for them in the process!

Hiring an apprentice gives you the chance to build the skills you need for your business, and helps a young person get their foot on the career ladder. Find out how to access £2000 of KCC funding (and maybe even more with National Funding) to expand your business today.

Contact the Kent Employment Programme team on 0800 1018224, email kep@kent.gov.uk or visit www.kent.gov.uk/kentjobs4kyp.

Shared Energies – a European Volunteering Opportunity

Action with  Communities in Rural Kent has been successful in obtaining some European money  to explore ways of adapting community buildings towards more sustainable and  more cost effective future heating solutions. In this project we are working  with the Diocese of Canterbury which shares our agenda for bringing down costs  and reducing the carbon footprint. Revd. Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director,  Communities & Partnership Network and Rural Life Adviser is leading on this for  the Diocese.  Together we are working with partners in Sweden where such  technologies seem to be much further advanced than we are here in Kent.

We have been  successful in winning a grant to enable us to recruit and fund 6 senior  volunteers (over the age of 50 years on 01.06.2013) who will spend 3 weeks in  rural Sweden next June. We will then welcome 6 Swedish volunteers to Kent next  autumn. The volunteers will jointly discover how each country is driving forward  its greener agenda, especially regarding energy used to run community buildings.  All expenses are paid.

Ideally volunteers  should be interested in environmental issues, particularly those relating to  energy and community sustainability. They must be able to spend three  consecutive weeks in Sweden next June.

There will be an Open  Meeting on Friday 23rd November 2012 in The Oak Room, Smeeth Church Hall,  Church Road, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent TN25 6SA starting at 7.00pm. Anyone  interested in knowing more about this project is warmly invited to come along.

If you would like more information prior to the meeting, or if you are  interested in the project but cannot attend on 23rd November, please contact  Maureen Walby on 077030 48602 or emailmaureen.walby@ruralkent.org.uk, or Caroline Pinchbeck on 01227 459401 or  emailcpinchbeck@diocant.org, or contact Rebecca Williams at the Rural Kent office  on 01030 813 790.