Where our waste and recycling goes

It is important you know where your rubbish and recycling ends up, we publish our data and report so you can see how we work.

What happened in 2020 to 2021

  • 73.05% of all waste and recycling collected stayed in Kent for processing. This is great news as it also reduces carbon emissions on transport.
  • Landfill avoidance is our top priority and only used as a last resort. Just 2.1% went to landfill. The average landfill rate in England was 7.8%, so we are ahead of most other counties.
  • In Kent we recycled or composted 44% of our waste, but the average for the country was 42.3%, we are all working hard to improve on this.

To get the details of this data use our interactive end destinations report on Microsoft Power BI.

View the data (Microsoft Power BI)

What happens to Kent's waste

Using our interactive end destinations report on Microsoft Power BI, you can move through the slides to look at the following data:

  • Slide 1: Where does your waste go? A map showing where waste is sent when it is collected. How much is kept within Kent, within the UK (but not in Kent) and abroad.
  • Slide 2: Know more about your waste. By tonnage, where your waste is sent by geographic location and treatment type.
  • Slide 3: Local authority performance. Shows all the waste in Kent, by district and where it has been sent.

View the data

You can get more details of how we process: