Kier shows residents art of recycling at Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival
Kier’s environmental business was on hand at the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival on 14 and 15 September to bring residents up to date on forthcoming improvements to their waste and recycling services.
Pictured (l-r): Mayor of Hampshire, Cllr Alan Roberts; Recycling Ricky and Cllr Bruce Dowling
The East Sussex Waste Education Bus was in attendance both days of the festival, offering visitors the chance to meet Kier recycling advisors and discover more about the enhanced waste and recycling services, including new glass collection boxes and innovative seagull proof rubbish sacks.
Local chef, restaurateur and cookery tutor, Paul Webbe, entertained visitors with demonstrations of fish preparation and is currently working with Hastings Borough Council to show residents ways to prepare and cook left over food in order to minimise the amount of food waste produced across the town.
Nicola Peake, managing director of Kier’s environmental business, said: “At Kier we take every opportunity to meet local residents and answer their questions directly and the Seafood and Wine Festival was an ideal place to do this.
“Everyone was receptive to finding out more about the new recycling and waste collection services, particularly the impact these will have on improving the aesthetics of the town and further reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Paul’s cooking demonstrations were also very popular with some delicious creations which I’ll certainly be trying out at home!”
Kier won the contract to provide waste and recycling collections, street cleansing and beach cleaning in November last year. It’s part of a joint project in which Hastings Borough Council has joined forces with three other councils in East Sussex - Eastbourne, Rother and Wealden - in a move to save an estimated £30m over the next decade. Kier has been providing environmental services to Hastings since July of this year, and the latest changes in recycling and waste collection will be rolled out across the town’s 42,000 plus properties from 21 October.