Tis the season to recycle

With only a few days until Christmas Day, Kent County Council is reminding people both artificial and real Christmas trees can be taken to household waste and recycling sites.

Old decorations can also be taken, as seen at the Maidstone site where staff have been collecting discarded Christmas decorations over the last two years.

They have once again created a Christmas display at the Burial Ground Lane site complete with trees and festive statues.

Across the county, 48% of the 710,000 tonnes of waste disposed of by Kent residents is converted to energy while over 50% is recycled or composted.

KCC has sites at Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Margate, New Romney, Pepperhill, Richborough, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Swanley, and Tunbridge Wells.

Kent County Council has a contract for the processing of household recyclable materials which include plastics that are collected from district and borough councils within Sevenoaks, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Swale, Gravesham and Dartford.

Waste received under this contract is processed and separated into individual commodities for recycling.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste Mike Whiting

From October last year, no plastic has been sent to China under the KCC contract as new European and UK markets were established.

The other waste collection authorities – Dover, Thanet, Canterbury and Folkestone & Hythe – have their own arrangements for the collection and disposal of recyclable materials including household plastics through a contract with Veolia.

KCC cabinet member for highways Mike Whiting said: “The plastics collected from households are processed under these contracts ensuring they remain in the UK and are used for remanufacturing.

“The plastics are sorted into their various types and transported to reprocessing facilities where they are washed and reprocessed into either flakes and pellets or are sold back into the manufacturing industry.”

Less than 1% of minute pieces of plastic that are too small for recycling are sent to an Energy Recovery Facility.

No plastics are sent to landfill, in fact KCC sends less than 1% of all waste disposed of to landfill.

Mr Whiting added: “The problem of plastics in our environment is a big topic at the moment and all plastic packaging is under review around its ability to be recycled.

“Steps are being taken to change the thinking around plastic package colouring and recycling messages on products through new government initiatives.”

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Tis the season to recycle was last modified: December 20th, 2018 by Thom Morris