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Kent reports 88% of household waste stays in UK

Over 88% of household waste collected by the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) was processed or disposed of in the UK in 2012/13.

The figure comes from the first report on waste end destination produced by the KRP as part of an initiative from the Resource Association, the End Destinations of Recycling Charter, launched in June 2012. It is one of the first authorities to report in this way.

Alongside figures for 2012/13, KRP also published data for 2011/12.

Resource Minister Dan Rogerson welcomed the figures. “The government supports councils and companies who are transparent about end destinations of recyclates,” he said.

According to the data provided in KRP Materials, End Destinations 2012/13 (see file right), some 72% of KRP household waste was dealt with within Kent, 16% in other UK areas and 12% abroad. Details on the main companies handling KRP waste and their shares are also included.

However, the report also indicates that some 21% of KRP household waste was landfilled. The local authority said it was on target to meet its ambitions to send no more than 10% of Kent household waste to landfill by 2015/16.

Councillor Paul Barrington-King, chair of the KRP, said: “The level of detail and transparency in our End Destinations of Recycling Charter publications is provided so Kent residents can have better insights than ever before on where their discarded items go.”

  • The KRP comprises 13 councils: Kent County Council, plus the 12 borough councils (BC) or district councils (DC) of Ashford BC, Canterbury City Council, Dartford BC, Dover DC, Gravesham BC, Maidstone BC, Sevenoaks DC, Shepway DC, Swale BC, Thanet DC, Tonbridge & Malling BC and Tunbridge Wells BC.

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