Recycling rates in Dartford and Gravesham among lowest in Kent

PUBLISHED: 17:07 12 November 2012

Gravesham and Dartford have been named as two of the worst councils in Kent for recycling.

Figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show Gravesham recycled just 24 per cent of household waste in 2011/12 - far below the national average of 43 per cent, while Dartford recycled slightly more at 26.7 per cent.

County-wide, Ashford came last with 14 per cent and Tunbridge Wells topped the table with 46.7 per cent.

The Kent Green Party has said the failing councils “could do better if they tried”.

But Gravesham council says the tables “detract from the wider picture” that the recycling in the borough has been retained as a weekly service rather than going fortnightly.

A spokesman said: “Our clear bags recycling scheme is both simple and popular as well as being weekly.

“In the last two years the recycling service has been expanded through a new green waste service.”

Meanwhile Cllr Tony Martin from Dartford council said: “The Council’s recycling services is entirely configured to meet residents’ needs rather than European or national league tables. Less than 5% of our waste is sent to landfill which is highly beneficial to the environment.

“The Council always strives to improve and develop its services and when the time is right, our recycling services will take the next step forward.”

Both councils have committed to meeting a 45 per cent recycling rate by 2015/16 as part of the Kent Waste Partnership.

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