90% Of Kent’s Recycling And Waste Processed In UK

Cllr Rory Love, Chairman of the Kent Resource Partnership, visits DS Smith's Kemsley Mill in Sittingbourne
Cllr Rory Love, Chairman of the Kent Resource Partnership, visits DS Smith’s Kemsley Mill in Sittingbourne

Latest findings from the Kent Resource Partnership’s (KRP) End Destinations Publication for 2014/15 has confirmed that around 90% of its discarded household resources had been reprocessed within the UK, with nearly three-quarters of all tonnage staying within Kent.

This left just 10% of Kent’s discarded household tonnage to be sent abroad by waste companies, with the majority being reprocessed within Europe.

The publication also highlights that the Partnership has surpassed its own recycling/composting target of 45% a whole year ahead of schedule. Combined with improved recycling performance, diversion of household waste from landfill continues to be a major priority too.

“Our motivation is that openness and transparency with our residents is the surest way to gain and retain their confidence in our high-achieving, recycling and waste resource services across Kent.”

The Partnership also achieved the biggest single-year reduction since the production of its End Destinations reports since 2011/12; a significant cut of 7 percentage points. The 2014/15 landfill for the KRP was recorded at around 11% and places the Partnership within striking distance of their collective objective of sending no more than 10% of Kent’s discarded materials to landfill by 2015/16.

Cllr Rory Love, Kent Resource Partnership Chairman said: “2014/15 is the fourth year for which this Partnership of all of Kent’s Councils has compiled data on the end destinations of household recycling and waste. Our motivation is that openness and transparency with our residents is the surest way to gain and retain their confidence in our high-achieving, recycling and waste resource services across Kent.”

Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive at Resource Association said: “The KRP continues to lead the way with its transparent approach in informing residents on what happens to their resources as well as where it eventually end up. We applaud KRP’s efforts and continued support with this particular agenda and encourage other local authorities and businesses to adopt a similar approach through the Charter.”

Full details of the KRP’s End Destination’s Publication can be found here.

Councils and businesses operating in the recycling sector who wish to support the End Destinations of Recycling Charter can find further details and support the Charter here.

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