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Noticeboard in front of Bredgar Farm Shop Noticeboard in front of Bredgar Farm Shop

This is our village noticeboard. It contains current notices about activities that have impact on Bredgar, links to Borough Councillors, links to our MP, news about village clubs etc.

The minutes of the last Parish Council Meeting can be found along with previous minutes under Documentation on this website.

Remembrance Service at Bredgar War Memorial

The Remembrance Service at Bredgar War Memorial will take place as usual this year. Commencing at 10:45am with a procession from the church.

Draft Local Plan - Regulation 18 Public Consultation

Swale Borough Council have an important public consultation open for comments until 29th November 2021.  The responses to this Local Plan Review Regulation 18 consultation will likely lead to changes to the Draft Local Plan that was published earlier this year.

To have your say see the consultation here

The next Parish Council Meeting is on 2nd December 2021

For the meeting agenda see

Parish Meeting 10th March 2021

A short presentation about current planning processes that was presented at the Parish Meeting can be found below:

Draft Local Plan and Highsted Park presentation.

Annual General Meeting May 5th 2021

The Chair's annual report about the Parish for the past year can be found below:

Chair Report 2020-2021



Description Link

Roads - Fault Reporting

Kent Highways

Footpaths - Fault Reporting

Kent Public Rights of Way Team

Swale Borough Councillor

Monique Bonney

Kent County Councillor

Rich Lehman

Member of Parliament

Gordon Henderson

Information about Bredgar Clubs, Societies and Organisations can be found on our Links page.



Are you confused about what plastics you can


Kent Councils have teamed up with national

recycling charity Pledge2Recycle Plastics (Part of

RECOUP) to help reduce that confusion. The

charity, that works to educate and advise citizens

about plastics recycling, has created a dedicated

website for Kent to provide information about

plastics recycling and help answer your recycling

related questions.

As part of this collaboration look out this year for competitions for local schools, community,

sports and litter picking groups! Pledge2Recycle Plastics are hosting several competitions to

help win recycled products, sports kit and litter picking kits.

Find out more details by following the Pledge2WIN links on the website.


Remember, you can recycle ALL bottles whether from the bathroom and kitchen as well as

plastic packaging in the form of a pot, tub or tray.

All bottles should be empty when placed for recycling with the tops back on.

Pots, tubs and trays should have the absorbent layer and film lid removed as these

need to go into general waste.


and NOT in any carrier or black bags.


• Please DO NOT put toothpaste tubes, pill packs, nappies, textiles, batteries, and food

into recycling.

• Textiles should go to specific banks either at community/retail/or Household Waste


• Carrier bags, bread bags and empty frozen veg packets can go to your local

supermarket front of store collection please check at

Did you know

Sainsbury’s superstores now take ALL flexible packaging in front of store collections

including items such as crisp packets, biscuit wrappers and salad bags. Find out more

Find out more

The team at Pledge2Recycle Plastics are happy to take your queries you will find them

@pledge2recycle on social media or get in touch via the contact form on the website.



• Why do I need to put the tops back on the bottles before recycling?

The tops go with the bottles to the reprocessor where they are cut up into flakes and

the bottle and tops (which are different plastics) are separated before they are turned

into pellets. The pellets made from the bottle themselves are then sent to either

make new bottles. The pellets made from the tops are sent to go into garden

furniture or items for construction such as piping or traffic cones.

• How clean does my recycling need to be?

At the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) all the mixed dry recycling is sorted by type

(paper, cardboard, steel cans, aluminium cans, and plastics). This process involves

a lot of complex machinery which gets covered in the residue and dirt that

householders place in their recycling bins. This residue can cause machinery to

breakdown. Many UK MRF’s also have a section where material is hand sorted, so

not a pleasant job if the material is covered in food remains. Remember also that

the cleaner the recycling is the greater the quality and higher value the material will

be to the recycler. It also keeps your bin clean if you empty, rinse and dry before


• Can I recycle my bleach bottles?

Yes, make sure they are empty and put the top back on.

• What do I do with the film lid on food, fruit, and vegetable punnets?

Remove the film lid and the absorbent layer and put these into general waste as

these are not recyclable at the moment. Make sure the tray or punnet is empty,

clean, and dry and recycle.

• Where can I recycle my carrier bags, and bread bags?

Many UK Supermarkets are now taking carrier bags and bread bags etc. in their front

of store collections. Please look for the OPRL label on your soft plastics and

wrappings and check out our links on for further


• Should I stop using plastic packaging?

Plastic packaging provides many benefits to products and compared to alternative

materials it uses less energy to produce, reduces transport costs and CO2 emissions

because it is lightweight, and significantly reduces the amount of fresh food waste by

protecting it in a hygienic environment and extending its shelf life.

Did you know?

! Bananas in a flexible bag extend their shelf life by 3 days

! Plastic bags reduce waste of potatoes by two thirds

! Cucumbers extend their life when wrapped in film by 14 days

! Advanced plastic packaging extends the life of steak up to 10 days

• Why do some brands still use plastic for food products – surely, we can use

other materials such as glass?

Because it is lightweight, plastic packaging can save energy in the transport of

packed goods. Less fuel is used, there are lower emissions and there are cost

savings for distributors, retailers and consumers. For example, a yogurt pot made

from glass weights about 85 grams, while one made from plastic weighs 5.5 grams.

In a lorry filled with a product packed in glass jars, 36% of the load would be

accounted for the packaging. If packed in plastic pots, the packaging would amount

to just 3%. To transport the same amount of yogurt, three trucks are needed for glass

jars but only two for plastic pots.

• What can plastic packaging be recycled into?

Plastic packaging can be recycled into a wide variety of products including clothing, tshirts;

toys, chairs and tables; headphones; kitchen utensils; paint pots; car parts;

cuddly toys; filling for duvets and sleeping bags; pens and pencils; building materials

such as fencing, flooring, piping, etc; garden furniture; buckets and - of course - more

plastic packaging! Drinks bottles can be made back into drinks bottles, milk bottles

can also be made back into more milk bottles.

• Why don’t all Councils collect the same types of plastic?

Local authorities use different facilities and waste management providers to collect

recycling materials from households and recycling points. Some of these can only

accept specific plastic types and therefore residents are given different messages

about what they can and cannot recycle in different areas. Local authorities also have

contracts with waste management providers and changing or terminating these can

be a long and costly process. However, the plastic industry would like to see all

councils collecting the same types of plastic and will continue to promote this as best

practice and the UK government is discussing the possibilities of consistent

collections across the UK.

If you live in Kent and one of the 13 Kent Councils you are, able to recycle the same

plastics packaging wherever you live in Kent.

• Why does the Council keep asking us to recycle when I think I recycle

everything I can?

Although most of us do recycle what we can when we can unfortunately the data tells

us that nationally we only recycle 59% of all the bottles we could recycle and 34% of

the pots, tubs and trays. This maybe because we are not sure if they are recyclable,

or because they are dirty and we don’t want to rinse/empty them, or because we take

them out of the home for eating and drinking on the go and dispose of then in general

waste wherever we happen to be, office, school, travelling etc. If we, can it is always

best to take our empties home to recycle and make sure that we are not forgetting to

recycle stuff from the kitchen or the bathroom, or forgetting about the ketchup and

mayonnaise bottles. It all adds up.