Sunday, 11 November 2012

RECYCLING IN KENT: 'COULD DO BETTER IF THEY TRIED'

Kent Green Party notes the latest DEFRA statistics on showing household waste recycling by local authority (1). Steve Dawe comments on the latest figures:

"Kent Green Party notes that 8 out of Kent's local councils have recycling figures below the national average of 43%. These are: Ashford (14%); Dartford (26.7%); Dover (41.5%) Gravesham (24%); Medway (37.9%); Sevenoaks (31.9%); Swale (32%); Thanet 26.9%. They certainly could do better if they tried. This compares with County wide leader Tunbridge Wells (46.7%); Canterbury (43%); Maidstone (44.6%); Shepway (44.2%); Tonbridge and Malling (45%).

"There is a poverty of ambition about these figures. Recycling can create jobs, cut avoidable imports and reduce the waste of fossil fuel energy. But not one of the local councils in Kent has adopted a Zero Waste approach to dramatically increase recycling and re-use. Bearing in mind that the national average amount of waste per household is still about 431 kg per year, there is a long way to go. Wyecycle, recycling from households in and around Wye, near Ashford, has achieved a waste level per household of an estimated 260 kg per year(2). This is the level each of our local councils should be aiming to exceed, especially Ashford since it has by far the worst recycling record.

"Of these councils, 8 have improved their position; 3 are exactly the same; and Canterbury and Thanet are both down slightly (3)."

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. Monthly free ezine KENT GREEN NEWS available for subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org

 Notes:
1. Data from Table 3 of 2011-12 ANNUAL publication LA level_WITHOUTLINKS (xls, 329KB)
2. http://www.wyecycle.co.uk/
3. Data from Table 3 of 2011-12 ANNUAL publication LA level_WITHOUTLINKS (xls, 329KB)

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