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Kent County Council - Kent

Waste Strategy

Dealing with Kent's household waste will be a key challenge for Kent's collection and disposal authorities over the next 25 years and beyond.

Household waste alone is growing at over 2% a year.

At this rate, Kent's authorities will have to collect, and find options for the treatment and disposal of, a further 400,000 tonnes of waste by 2020.

The existing Kent Household Waste Strategy was adopted by the Kent Waste Forum and published in May 2003.

For more details please download the summary of the Kent Waste Strategy.

Developing strategy

The strategy looked ahead to 2020 but did not set targets beyond those established in the government's best value performance indicators for 2005/6.

In the short time since then there have been significant developments affecting waste management.

This now means that it is already necessary to revise and roll forward the strategy and develop a new Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for the whole of Kent.

The new strategy

The Kent Waste Forum has taken the lead in the development of the new Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy.

It will assess options at each stage of the waste hierarchy - reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and disposal.

The strategy will comprise of a vision, targets and specific policies with detailed action plans to ensure implementation.

It is being developed in parallel to the Minerals and Waste Development Framework which focuses on the planning aspect of waste management in Kent.

For more information, please visit our information page on the Minerals and Waste Development Framework.

The development process

An environmental consultancy called ERM will lead the development of the strategy on behalf of the Kent Waste Forum.

For more information on the background to the process please see ERM's presentation to the Kent Waste Open Forum in October 2005 entitiled 'A Joint Waste Management Strategy for Kent'.

For further information, please telephone 01622 221859 or email environment.economy@kent.gov.uk.

Stages in the strategy development

There are a number of key stages to the development of the strategy:

Production of baseline report

September to October 2006. Kent County Council, on behelf of the Kent Waste Forum produced a baseline report that provides a snapshot of the current situation in Kent. The report details the collection and disposal of waste in Kent, and will be available on this site in mid-December.

Development of a draft vision and objectives

September to October 2006.A draft vision and set of objectives and principles have been developed through working groups with all Kent local authorities and the Kent Waste Open Forum.

These working objectives and principles are designed to help guide the strategy development and will be reviewed throughout the process. These are detailed in the Draft Vision and Objectives publication .

Options development and appraisal

November 2006 to February 2007. These options will be developed through working groups with all Kent local authorities and the Kent Waste Open Forum.

The options development and appraisal will focus on:

  • Waste minimisation and re-use
  • Recycling and composting
  • Recovery (such as waste to energy)

Policy and Action Plan

The final stage of the process will be the development of a Policy and Action Plan (April - July 2006). The strategy will be adopted in September 2006.

Sustainability Appraisal

Kent County Council is carrying out a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) as part of:

  • the Joint Mineral and Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS)
  • the Minerals and Waste Development Framework (MWDF)
  • the Local Transport Plan (LTP)

A Sustainability Appraisal looks at the three dimensions of sustainability: the economic, social and environmental impacts of a plan.

More information about our Sustainability Appraisal.

How to get involved

The Kent Waste Forum is developing the Waste Strategy in consultation with key interest groups. And your views and comments are an important part of how we develop the strategy.

Find out how you can get involved.

Key documents

You can view or dowload the following key documents:

 


 

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