Reduce waste and recycle more
Reduce and reuse waste
- use reusable drinks bottles and cups instead of single use plastic bottles and takeaway cups
- make your own lunch and use beeswax wraps to use less plastic and packaging
- donate unused or unwanted items to a charity.
- Recycle items using your kerbside recycling bins. Your local district or borough council lists what you can put in the bin.
- Compost garden and food waste, either at home or your local district or borough council may provide collections.
- Recycle items at our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).
- Find recycling points in your area for things like carrier bags, coffee pods and cat food pouches.
- Recycle your electrical items - you can watch a video about how electrical items are recycled.
- Use recycling litter bins when you're out.
We process recyclable items, including plastics, glass, food and garden waste.
Treating and disposing of waste
The treatment of waste includes:
- anaerobic digestion - which converts food waste to gas for energy
- in-vessel composting for garden waste to create a peat-free compost suitable for use in farming and agriculture
- road sweepings are recycled and re-used mainly for aggregate in the construction industry.
Waste is only sent to landfill when there is no other alternative and the materials cannot be recycled or treated, for example asbestos and marine carcasses. Our use of landfill remains one of the lowest in England at less than 2%, the national average is 8.5%.
Our recent figures showing the amount of waste in Kent being sent to landfill are:
- 0.22% in January 2021
- 0.15% in December 2020
- 0.11% in November 2020
Find out where your waste goes
We work together with other councils in Kent, known as the Kent Resource Partnership, to collect, dispose of and treat waste. We monitor and report on where waste goes and what happens to it.