A waste strategy for Newcastle

A pile of cans
A mountain of aluminium cans

The outline of a new strategy to make Newcastle a world leader in tackling waste will be considered by councillors next week.

Cabinet will be asked to agree the foundations that will underpin the content of the strategy and how interested parties will be engaged with. The strategy is expected to be approved by the end of the year.

It follows the publication of a report in February by the Newcastle Waste Commission in which it set out recommendations for how the city can reduce waste and improve recycling.

If the outline of the strategy is approved by Cabinet next Monday (April 16) consultation with residents, businesses and interested parties will then begin.

The report sets out eight themes for the strategy, including; behaviour change and education; waste prevention and reuse; recycling and composting; recovering value from waste; waste operations; markets and technology; enforcement and regulation; partnerships and collaboration.

Factors such as the city’s growing population, public demand for change, new legislation and Brexit will also be considered.

The proposed vision is: ‘Our Newcastle…a city that aspires to be a world leader in resource management that wastes less and recycles more.’

Among other things, the strategy will seek to reduce the amount of waste that is produced in the first place; minimise use of landfill; look at waste as an asset, not as a problem and change the way people, businesses and organisations think about waste.

Currently the city produces 142,000 tonnes of waste every year.

If the ideas of the Commission are acted upon, their report forecasts that household waste could be reduced by 10 per cent by 2025 and recycling increased to 65 per cent by 2030.

The Cabinet meeting begins at 5.30pm at the Civic Centre.