Newcastle could become a world leader in waste reduction according to new report

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The report predicts Newcastle's waste could be reduced by 10% by 2025

Newcastle could become a world leader in waste reduction, according to a new report by the Newcastle Waste Commission.

The 50-page document, No Time to Waste, features a series of suggestions to reduce the amount of waste Newcastle produces.

These include a voluntary ban on single use plastics and drinking straws in pubs, clubs and restaurants and setting a target to become a zero-food waste city.

It also suggested a “re-use” mall, where unwanted items can be bought, sold and swapped and setting up a city-wide partnership for groups to share ideas and group practice.

As Newcastle City Council currently exports some of its waste to Sweden, the report looked at alternatives to this.

If measures were implemented, Newcastle Waste Commission predicts waste could be reduced by 10% by 2025 and recycling rates improved from 42% to 65% by 2030.

No Time to Waste was presented to Heidi Mottram, chair of the commission and chief executive of Northumbrian Water Group.

She said: “We all have a responsibility to wise-up to waste and do our bit. This report is full of ideas, big and small, short term and long term.

“I want as many people as possible to read it. If everyone pledges to do at least one thing then together we can make a big difference.”

The Newcastle Waste Commission is an independent organisation made up of seven waste management experts and was formed 10 months ago.

A full copy of the report is available at:

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