From today (21 June) the Kent Waste Partnership (KWP) will be known as the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP), with the new name symbolising the ‘intent to focus on making the most of the valuable resources the 12 Kent councils receive from residents’.
The decision was officially announced at the organisation’s annual conference in Canterbury by Chairman Councillor Paul Barrington-King. He said: “This change in name signals our clear intent to recover value from 95% of discarded household resources by 2020, whilst ensuring recycling and composting remains our number one treatment option. The use of landfill in Kent has reduced remarkably since 2005 and that journey will continue following our refresh of the KRP’s strategic direction up to 2020.”
In an accompanying joint message released by Mr Barrington-King and portfolio holders from the 12 Kent borough councils as well as Kent County Council, they said that the name change “is a statement of our belief the KRP can work with others in the public and private sectors who are like-minded about the need to drive the resource agenda forward.”
Mr Barrington-King also spoke about the importance of advanced resource partnerships (ARPs), which involves the KRP working with both the public and private sector to ensure a coordinated effort to increase recycling and improve the way resources are used. He said: “The KRP believes advanced partnerships should have an overall of 80% recycling and recovery as a minimum, and ideally as close to zero untreated waste to landfill as possible. Our announcements today start a debate on what a full set of characteristics for an ARP could be.”
The Kent Resource Partnership comprises of 13 councils, which also includes Kent County Council. The original Kent Waste Partnership was initially formed in 2007 in order to deliver the Kent Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy required of all two-tier areas in the Waste Emissions Trading Act of 2003.