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Newcastle consults on draft waste strategy

Newcastle City Council has launched a consultation on a draft waste strategy using proposals suggested by a panel of experts.

The council set up the Newcastle Waste Commission in 2017 and, for six months, the panel listened to individuals, community groups and businesses.

In February the commission published a report No Time To Waste, which set out a series of recommendations as well as practical ideas on waste reduction.

Ideas included a voluntary ban on single-use plastics across Newcastle, as well as a voluntary ban on drinking straws in pubs, clubs and restaurants.

It also proposed Newcastle being a zero-food waste city by creating a group that would work with communities, partners and businesses to cut waste and promote food education.

The commission estimates that implementing the measures in the report could cut waste in the city by 10% by 2025 and increase the recycling rate from 42% to 65% by 2030. Millions of pounds for the local economy and up to 1,000 jobs would also be created, it estimated.

The consultation began on 31 May and runs until 28 June. A second stage will involve feeding back to the participants their views on the options and actions to be taken.

The results will be used to refine the final draft of the council’s waste strategy which will then go before its cabinet in October for final approval.

Newcastle Nick Kemp

Newcastle Nick Kemp

Cabinet member for the environment Nick Kemp (pictured) said: “Everybody produces waste, so this is an issue that affects each and every one of us.

“TV programmes like Blue Planet demonstrate the terrible consequences for our environment when we don’t deal responsibly with waste – but I think the public are beginning to recognise this and we are going through a bit of sea change in attitudes.

“We want to harness that change in attitude to help create an intelligent wide-reaching strategy that makes Newcastle a cleaner, greener city that others can learn from.”

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