The amount of Kent’s household waste being sent to landfill is at its lowest ever.
Kent County Council’s target is to send no more than 5% of household waste to landfill but achieved just 0.26% in December.
The current figure for waste going to landfill is 2.6% over the year.
The 5% target was intended to be met by 2020 but better use of rubbish for energy generation and improved contracting has seen it beaten within a year.
This feat has been achieved through an agreement making use of new technology for much of the more difficult to deal with waste, such as mattresses and hard plastic objects not currently recycled.
The Kent Waste Disposal Strategy forms the backbone plan of how household waste is disposed in the county between now and 2035.
Its ambition is to deliver a high quality disposal service, whilst remaining cost-effective for the people of Kent, with an emphasis on achieving zero landfill.
Kent County Council is responsible for the disposal and recycling of Kent’s household waste whilst the district and borough councils are responsible for collecting it.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Matthew Balfour said: “With a significant increase in housing growth forecast across Kent, the amount of waste produced is expected to rise by approximately 20% – going from 725,000 tonnes to 870,000 tonnes – between now and 2031.
“Within just a matter of months we have seen our landfill percentage fall drastically and it is a result of hard work making Kent one of the top counties for diverting waste from landfill.”
The news comes ahead of this weekend’s Great British Spring Clean, an initiative supported by Kent County Council.
KCC will be working to clear vegetation, refresh white lines on the highway and clean road signs. Litter picks will also be carried out by KCC staff on a volunteer basis.