Sunday, 9 December 2007

NO MORE LANDFILL FOR KENT

A Kent Green Party investigation has established that there are 52 landfill sites in Kent, both operating and closed (note 1 and appendix). Kent Green Party is opposed to further landfill sites or incinerators being opened as it favours a rigorous ‘Zero Waste’ approach to reducing waste(2). The Local Government Association has established that the UK is putting more waste into landfill than any other country in the European Union (3). Councils run the risk of fines if the landfill sites they use do not conform to the EU’s landfill directive by 16th July 2009(4).

Steve Dawe comments: “Kent is putting less into landfill in recent years(5) but the pressure of development may lead to more landfill sites unless a different approach to waste is adopted. Bath and North East Somerset Council has already adopted a Zero Waste approach.

“What would Kent’s local councils need to do to implement a Zero Waste policy? Kent Green Party suggests policies should include:
Local bans on plastic bags
Widening the range of materials collected by kerbside schemes to include plastics, glass, wood, bones and other materials not currently collected
Promoting farmers’ markets which offer local food with far less wasteful packaging than supermarkets
Campaigning for materials used for packaging in local businesses to be exclusively ones which can be recycled, as the Local Government Association says up to 40% of the contents of a typical household shopping basket actually cannot be recycled
Develop composting schemes in which food waste and garden waste which can be composted.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192 or local call rate 0845 257 4236. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. Information supplied by the Environment Agency. Full list of sites available as a Excel file on request to stevedawe@gn.apc.org or by ringing numbers above.
2. SEE: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/BathNES/environmentandplanning/recyclingandwaste/default.htm and see also:
Zero Waste Alliance: http://www.zwallianceuk.org/index.htm
3. Press release at: http://www.lga.gov.uk/PressRelease.asp?lsection=344&id=SXA270-A784A0D9&ccat=344 The UK sent 22.6 million tonnes of waste to landfills in 2005, the latest year for which complete figures are available
4. After this date, only sites with a Pollution, Prevention and Control(PPC) permit are allowed. The Excel file which can be supplied (see note 1) lists PPC sites in a separate list for Kent.
4. KCC information on rubbish disposal: http://www.kent.gov.uk/environment/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/managing-waste/facts-and-figures.htm KCC says:
“Kent is home to some 563,000 households producing more than 800,000 tonnes of waste every year. It equates to an average of 1.4 tonnes per household….In 1997/98 we produced 645,000 tonnes of waste and this increased steadily to a peak of 826,000 tonnes in 2004/05. In 2005/06 it decreased to 812,000 tonnes. The estimated amount for 2006/07 is 804,000 tonnes. Between 1997/98 and 2005/06, the amount of household waste we recycled excluding hardcore increased from 11% to 28% and the amount we recycled including hardcore increased from 12% to 32%. Both are expected to increase for 2006/07 with 31% excluding hardcore being recycled and 35% including hardcore being recycled.Between 2004/05 and 2005/06 the percentage of household waste that was recycled and composted increased in every district in Kent. This percentage increased further between 2005/06 and 2006/07 (April to September) in all districts except Thanet where it decreased. The district with the highest recycling rate in 2006/07 (April to September) was Canterbury with 46%. The recycling and composting rate for the county increased from 25% in 2004/05 to 32% in 2006/07 (April to September).



APPENDIX: List of landfill sites in Kent and Medway: both operational and closed.

Hammill Clay Quarry, Near Woodnesborough, Sandwich, Kent, CT3 0EH,
Redham Meade, Mead Wall, Cliffe, Rochester, Kent,
Bamber Pit, Swanscombe, Kent,
Darenth Hill, Darenth, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7QZ,
Kingsnorth On The Medway, Hoo, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9ND,
Lower Rainham Road, Rainham, Kent,
Lappel Bank Foreshore, Sheerness Docks, South Of Sheerness, Kent,
Kemsley, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2SG,
Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9NJ,
Riverhill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RS,
Eccles, Aylesford, Kent,
Addington Quarry, Addington Lane, Trottiscliffe, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5DN,
Stonecastle Farm, Whetsted, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6SD,
Willesborough Road, Ashford, Kent,

Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9BQ,
Dymchurch Road, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4NE,
Sandling Road, Sandling, Folkestone, Kent,



Moorstock Lane, Monks Horton, Sellindge, Kent, TN25 6EA,


Elms Vale Road, Dover, Kent,
Commissioners Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4HA,
Harpwood, Seven Mile Lane, Wrotham Heath, Kent, TN15 7RJ,
Ham Farm, Ham Road, Oare, Faversham, Kent,
Rear Of Richborough Civic Amenity Site, Ramsgate Road, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9NW,
20/20 Business Park, Laverstoke Road, Allington, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0LY,
Corys Rd, Off Gas House Rd, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1PZ,
Corys Rd, Off Gas House Rd, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1PZ,
Corys Rd, Off Gas House Rd, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1PZ,
Former I C I Syngenta Works, Hampstead Lane, Yalding, Kent, ME18 6HN,



PPC SITES (Pollution, Prevention and Control permits arranged)

ALLENS BANK
ALLINGTON INCINERATOR
BOROUGH GREEN LANDFILL
BOROUGH GREEN LANDFILL INERT LANDFILL (PLATT)
BRAMLING QUARRY
BUCKLAND LAKE LANDFILL
CHARTHAM QUARRY EXT
CLUBBS (ARNOLDS LODGE FARM)
FM CONWAY
GREATNESS QUARRY
HAM FARM, FAVERSHAM - BRETTS
HERMITAGE QUARRY, GALLAGHERS (19494)
LAND AT OXTED QUARRY & TILCON
LARKFIELD WASTE FACILITY
LOWER TWYDALL CHALK PIT (19418)
NORWOOD FARM EAST (19436)
OFFHAM QUARRY
PERRYS FARM
PINDEN QUARRY
SHAKESPEARE FARM (19394)
SHELFORD LANDFILL SITE (10002)
SOUTH PIT
STONE PIT II
WORKHOUSE QUARRY
Further details in Excel file which can be supplied on request: stevedawe@gn.apc.org or use phone numbers above.

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