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92% of Kent's household waste processed in UK

Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) has been praised for its commitment to reporting the end destination of materials processed by its 13 member councils.

KRP handles more than 716,000 tonnes, 76% of which was handled within Kent, 16% elsewhere in the UK and nearly 8% abroad – the lowest export total in the past five years. KRP includes all 12 of Kent’s district/borough councils and the county council.

The provisional figures for 2016-17 were set out by chairman Rory Love (pictured) at the annual KRP conference in Canterbury, which also marked publication of its fifth annual report.

Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resource Association (RA), congratulated the partnership for its continuing commitment to the transparency of the end destination information.

The RA, supported by councils’ organisation Larac, launched the voluntary charter in 2012, urging the 350-odd local authorities in England and Northern Ireland to sign up, but only around 75 have done so.

Paul Vanston, now chief executive of Incpen and a former manager of KRP, said Kent accounted for 20% of the signatories and it was “shocking” that more councils had not bought into the concept.

Headlines from the report included:

  • More than 46% of Kent’s discarded household material was sent for recycling and composting, nearly 51% sent to generate energy and less than 3% was sent to landfill
  • Total costs across the 13 councils delivering recycling and waste services to 1.5 million residents was just under £98m – equivalent to an average cost of £2.99 per household, per week
  • Campaign on food recycling

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Speakers at the conference were: Robert Vaughan, head of household waste & recycling, Defra; Linda Crichton, head of resource management, WRAP; Martin Kersh, executive director, Foodservice Packaging Association; Margaret Bates, president of CIWM; Georgeson and Vanston.

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