According to provisional data from the Kent Resource Partnership’s annual report, less than 3% of Kent’s household waste was sent to landfill in 2016/17.

Unveiled by the Kent Resource Partnership at their annual conference on 22nd September, the report provides data for a range of activities carried out by the KRP in 2016/17. The report also revealed that 46% of Kent’s household waste was recycled or composted, while 51% was sent to an energy-from-waste plant.

The KRP was formed in 2007 in order to deliver the Kent Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy and comprises all 12 of Kent’s district/borough councils and Kent County Council.

While official data is expected to be available later in 2017 from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), this provisional data represents steady progress compared to 2016.

The total costs across the 13 Kent councils when delivering its recycling & waste services to 1.5 million residents was just under £98million – an average cost of £155 per Kent household, per year or equivalent to an average cost of £2.99 per Kent household, per week. An additional £16million was invested in keeping Kent’s streets clean.

Activities delivered by the Kent Resource Partnership throughout 2016/17 included:

  • A food recycling campaign (underpinned by WRAP’s Recycle Now communications);
  • Numerous anti-litter initiatives (which included piggybacking on the ‘Great British Spring Clean’ national campaign previously led by Keep Britain Tidy);
  • The first steps towards an intelligence-led approach to tackling fly-tipping and environmental crime;
  • A three-phase health and safety programme for over 35 officers across the KRP;
  • The KRP’s Materials End Destinations Publication for 2015/16; and
  • Continued engagement with various key organisations across the resources sector.

Commenting on the release of the report, Councillor Rory Love, Chairman at Kent Resource Partnership said: “Our new look Annual Reports will help us in three ways. Firstly, they will enable us to track our own performance and activities against our Kent Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy. Secondly, they will provide transparency to Kent residents on the effective joint working being carried out across Kent. And thirdly, they will help keep our key partners informed across the resource and waste industry.”

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