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Kent landfill rate drops

The Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) is on target to getting close to sending zero waste to landfill by 2020, after its recycling rates continue to rise.

Paul Vanston

KRP manager Paul Vanston, left, said that 17% of waste from the partnership’s 12 districts went to landfill last year, down from 22% the previous year which itself was 50 percentage points down on 2005 (72%).

Speaking at the Packaging and Films Association’s Plastics 2020 Challenge Reception, Vanston said the partnership’s policies on recycling food waste were “pretty progressive” with nine of the 12 districts collecting food waste, most weekly. Plastics collected at kerbside including pots, tubs and trays was becoming the standard service in Kent, he added.

KRP’s recycling rates had hit 46% this year.

“That is very significant because it is five percentage points up from where we were the previous year,” said Vanston.

“At a time when the national rate may be seen to be stagnating, I’m absolutely clear that the KRP is doing its part to meet national recycling rates. We’ve got to keep that going though.”

Vanston added that joint working among the councils within the KRP would create an estimated saving to taxpayers of £67m in ten years, with £7m ploughed back into bins and caddies.

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