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Kent seeks 'step change' in waste management

Kent County Council is examining a revamp of some of its waste management operations as part of plans to cut landfill costs and drive recyclate quality.

The council, which is the waste disposal authority for the county, comprising 12 waste collection authorities, has said it is looking for potential partners to operate its municipal waste recycling centres and waste transfer sites.

In a prior information notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, the council said it was “seeking a step-change through improvements to service delivery and consequently aims to take a new approach to the operation and management of its waste facilities. This will drive efficiency and value for Council taxpayers”.

The authority has developed four key areas of focus - innovation, customer service, waste ownership and performance and asset management – following a review of best practice at other waste authorities.

It now wants to seek market expertise ahead of tendering for work to operate the recycling centres and waste transfer stations, worth up to £72m in total.

The council, which sends most of the county’s residual waste to an energy from waste plant, said it recognised that waste is increasingly to be treated as a resource.

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