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Thrown away decorations cover Maidstone Household Waste Recycling Centre

You don’t have to be Ebenezer Scrooge to have a rubbish view of Christmas.

Tovil has its very own festive display, in tip-top condition at Maidstone Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Each year the team at the site collect discarded decorations brought back in the festive season’s aftermath.

John Goble, 55, who works at Maidstone Household Waste Recycling Centre in Burial Ground Lane, Tovil
John Goble, 55, who works at Maidstone Household Waste Recycling Centre in Burial Ground Lane, Tovil

For the last three years staff at the Burial Ground Lane centre have collected scores of discarded Christmas ornaments to decorate the site.

The impressive array of festive items lined up along the dumping point includes several trees, a cluster of snowmen, reindeer, and a four foot father Christmas.

John Goble, who has worked at the household waste recycling centre for two years, said the tradition started the year before he arrived.

“We collect decorations and put them up every year,” he said. “It’s all recycled and each year it just gets bigger and bigger.”

However, it’s not just staff taking part.

The 55-year-old says that people now come to the site asking to add their own decorations to the already crowded display in one corner behind a white line marking the path for cars.

“People come along and say ‘can I put this here?’ and I say of course but we’re struggling to keep it behind the line,” joked Mr Goble. “The people of Tovil love it, everyone in Maidstone loves it.”

The crew even have photos from the previous years proudly displayed in their cabin.

“People come along and say ‘can I put this here?’ and I say of course but we’re struggling to keep it behind the line...” - John Goble, Maidstone Household Waste Recycling Centre

Terry Kelly, of Mote Avenue, Maidstone, who was dropping off items admired the decorations.

“I have been up here three or four times this week and I really like it. It’s quite a collection,” he said.

And Jackie West was cheered by the festive display during a recent visit to the tip with her husband.

She said: “The guys who work there are always really friendly, very helpful and funny.

“Well done for their efforts - it really made us smile on such a wet, miserable day.”

The display is an ever-growing tradition, after garnering attention from visitors over the past three years.


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