Waste and Resource Management
The Waste and Resource Management Planning Group has been created to look at how the waste sector in the North East can play it’s part in achieving net zero.
The waste sector has already made great strides in reducing its GHG emissions and has halved those emissions over the last 30 years by phasing out landfill and increasing recycling. But the waste sector still accounts for 8% of total GHG emissions.
Our planning group like all NEECCo planning groups has been tasked to explore areas where we can work collectively to achieve greater and speedier change.
The Governments Resources and Waste Strategy which is linked to the Environment Bill is still out for consultation. It is proposed that weekly food waste collections will be a legal requirement for LA’s among other additional material collections.
The Waste planning Group have identified a need for data collection for the region to get a clear picture of the volumes and routes for waste produced by all stakeholders in the North East. From this information we will be able to map capacity within the region and model what additional investment is required to avoid waste travelling too far. We also hope that by having this information and demonstrating that the region is working collaboratively it will make the region a more attractive proposition for investors.
We have set up 2 working groups to look at this data capture:
- Municipal Waste
- Commercial Waste
These groups will work to establish a clear map of the region that will create a picture of the changes required and investment needed. Both working groups have concluded that a gap analysis of the regions waste and current reprocessing capacity and how the waste currently flows is required. Suez will help us to collate this data.
A major focus for the group going forward is food waste. There are many aspects to this work including:
- Individuals diet choice
- Food waste reduction
- Cooking skills
- Food waste disposal choices
- Food poverty
The group will look to work regionally to raise the awareness of this issue across all stakeholders and explore methods of driving down food waste production. A goal for the group is to make total food waste per citizen the lowest in the UK.
We will work closely with the Indicators group to avoid duplication and add value.
Waste and Resource Management Planning Group Members
Members of the planning group bring their skillsets and knowledge from the following partnership organisations
- Suez (Group Chair)
- Newcastle City Council
- Food Newcastle
- Northumberland County Council
- Zero Waste Scotland
- Gateshead Council
- Newcastle Hospitals NHSFT
- GAP Group
- Northumbrian Water
- The Recycling Association
- Durham County Council
- Environment Agency