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Kent to hit landfill target

Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) is on target to send no more than 10% of its waste to landfill this year, according to latest figures.

The data is reported in KRP’s End Destinations publication which covers 2014-15. It puts the landfill figure at 11%, down from 18% the previous year, the biggest annual fall. Its medium-term goal is that no more than 5% will be landfilled by 2020. 

The partnership handles household waste collected by 13 Kent councils and the total for 2014-15 was 711,000 tonnes, 1.8% up on the previous year.

The report confirms that around 90% of this material was reprocessed in the UK, with nearly three-quarters of all tonnage staying within Kent. The remaining tonnage is sent abroad by contractors, mostly to Europe.

The partnership has also surpassed its own recycling/composting target of 45% a year ahead of schedule.

Rory Love, KRP chair, said “2014-15 is the fourth year for which this partnership has compiled data on the end destinations of household recycling and waste.

“Our motivation is that openness and transparency with our residents is the surest way to gain and retain their confidence in our high-achieving, recycling and waste resource services across Kent.”

Ray Georgeson, chief executive at the Resource Association (RA) praised KRP for its commitment to the RA charter, which was introduced to boost improve transparency in the recycling supply chain and enhance public confidence in recycling.

“We applaud KRP’s efforts and continued support with this particular agenda, and encourage other local authorities and businesses to adopt a similar approach through the charter.”

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