Commercial and industrial businesses in the North East generate over two million tonnes of waste each year, providing a key growth area for investors, a survey published by the North East Sustainable Resources Board (NESRB) has found.
Over 1,000 businesses from 12 different sectors participated in the North East England Commercial and Industrial Waste Survey. It found that, in total, 2,176,587 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste is produced in the North East each year.
Results showed Tyne & Wear produced the largest proportion of the waste, generating 893,421 tonnes. The chemical manufacturing sector was the largest contributor, making up 15% of the total tonnage, followed by the retail and wholesale sector.
NESRB hopes that opportunities for future investment in waste management in the area can be identified from the data to recover the resources rather than send the waste to landfill. Currently a third of the region’s waste is sent to landfill.
NESRB coordinator Helen Watson said: “The report and its findings represent one of the most crucial pieces of work the board has undertaken and the level of support and interest from participating businesses and organisations was particularly encouraging.
“Our report and its extensive data will prove invaluable to waste planners and policy developers in the region in scoping the use of the region’s resources in the future. Moreover, we hope to continue to update the current data in order to provide a clear overview of the resource management opportunities available in terms of commercial and industrial waste and provide support to projects associated with improving and enhancing current management models, such as the pending Resource Management Plan, which the board is developing this year.”
The survey is the first of its kind conducted in the region, which was commissioned to consultant Urban Mines in partnership with Gardiner & Theobald.