What happens to household waste in Kent?
We are responsible for disposing of the
household waste collected from the 12 local
councils. We work with them to find a local disposal site or
Transfer Station (where they can deposit the waste before being
bulked up and sent elsewhere). We also deal with the disposal of
street cleansing and fly tipped waste.
Household waste recycling centres
There are 19 Household waste recycling
centres in Kent (and 3 in Medway) where householders can take
a variety of items for recycling or disposal. Waste from these
centres is bulked up and transferred to an appropriate recycling or
final disposal facility. We do not own or operate any waste
processing or disposal facilities ourselves.
Turning waste to energy
Much of the waste we are responsible for goes to a
waste-to-energy plant at Allington, near Maidstone. The facility
opened in 2008 and now treats waste that is not reused, recycled or
composted by burning it under controlled conditions to produce
steam that is used to generate electricity. The plant also sorts
and processes mixed recyclable materials collected from the
kerbside by some of the local district/borough councils in Kent.
For more information, visit the Kent Enviropower
At the moment some waste still goes to landfill, such as
large bulky items that we are currently unable to
recycle. However, our aim is to use sustainable ways, such as
materials recovery and energy from waste, to dispose of your
rubbish, and send as little to landfill sites as possible.
For more information about how we work in partnership with the
12 local councils to plan for the future, please look at the
Kent Joint Municipal Waste Management