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Kingston Kayak Club finds a recycling solution for unusable kayaks

The Kingston Kayak Club, based in Hull, secured the support from their local councils after their pursuit to ensure 10 plastic kayaks were disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

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The Kingston Kayak Club were determined to find a solution after failing to get one of their unusable kayaks recycled as the operators of a recycling centre insisted that it went in a skip for landfill.

Initially, the club considered taking their additional 10 unusable kayaks to Palm Equipment (the original manufacturers) as they are willing to recycle kayaks. However, Palm Equipment are based in the South West and the environmental impact of a 600 mile route didn’t fit with the club’s strong environmental ethos.

An approach was then made to both the Hull City Council and East Riding County Council where it was explained that Kingston Kayak Club had a further 10 plastic kayaks that needed to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Both authorities responded in a fantastic manner as they immediately offered a local environmentally sensitive solution.

Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for waste management at Hull City Council, said:

“Hull is a city that encourages recycling, and we were pleased that we could assist the Kingston Kayak Club to dispose of the ten kayaks in an environmentally friendly way.

“For the third year running, Hull is the best performing unitary City Council for recycling in the country. We are delighted with the progress we have made and I would like to commend those residents who take the time to recycle.

“We provide a well-used range of services in Hull including three Household Waste and Recycling Centres, and every household is entitled to one free bulky item collection a year of up to five item.”

Subsequently, 10 well used and broken kayaks were disposed of at the Wiltshire Road, Hull, recycling centre.

British Canoeing would like to express our thanks to the Kingston Kayak Club for their pursuit to finding an environmentally friendly solution and to both the Hull City Council and East Riding County Council for the support shown to the club.

To find out more about the Kingston Kayak Club please visit The club has been providing access to paddle sport in Hull for 45 years and has twice been voted the best kayak club in the UK. The club delivers coaching to all, in every aspect of canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.