A report into KCC’s waste disposal has found that just under 1% of the county’s rubbish goes to landfill.
At a meeting of today’s Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee, members heard that 52% of the 710,000 tonnes of waste disposed of by Kent residents is converted to energy at the Waste to Energy plant in Allington, Maidstone.
The facility provides enough energy to the national grid equivalent to power Maidstone, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks for a full year.
The latest figures show that 47% of the 710,000 tonnes of waste processed is recycled or composted.
Kent County Council run eighteen household waste recycling centres and works closely with the 12 district and borough authorities who collect resident’s kerbside waste.
KCC cabinet member for waste Mike Whiting said: “It is widely reported across the UK that landfill is still a method of general waste disposal, however this is not the case in Kent.
“The small amount of waste that does go into deep landfill is limited to asbestos, which cannot be recycled, and certain types of animal carcasses.
“We continue to have incredibly low landfill rates, which is way below the government target of 5% by 2020.
“With the emphasis, and renewed interest from Kent’s residents to reduce waste and the focus upon recycling plastics, we hope this performance will be sustained and improved in the coming years.”