The Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) has launched two new projects that are expected to deliver savings of £60m over the next decade thanks to efficient cross-council waste collection.
KRP collects and deals with the treatment of household waste for 13 Kent councils.
As part of the ‘East Kent Project’ and the ‘Mid Kent Project’, the KRP will optimise collection services and use joint contracts between councils, which will improve efficiency.
Speaking at the KRP’s annual event, chairman Paul Barrington-King said he also expected the work to bring the recycling rate closer to 50%.
He pointed out that while England’s recycling rate has flat lined, KRP’s rate went from 41% in 2012/13 to almost 45% for 2013/14.
Waste minister Dan Rogerson (above) praised the work of the partnership: “KRP’s actions have not only made it easier for people to recycle, but also helped achieve both financial and environmental benefits for the community.”