Northern Irish region approves UK's first 'zero waste circular economy strategy'

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Eunomia predicts the council could save up to £3m a year

Derry City and Strabane District Council has approved the UK’s first strategy aimed at developing a “zero waste circular economy”.

Developed by Eunomia, the strategy aims to move the management of waste up the hierarchy and develop the regional economy through keeping resources and products in use for as long as possible.

The council, in partnership with Zero Waste North West, commissioned Eunomia to undertake the feasibility study to develop a strategy for the area.

Eunomia’s report predicts if recommended changes to waste management services were made, the council could save up to £3m a year and 50 additional jobs could be made.

Dominic Hogg, chairman and founder of Eunomia, the consultancy who carried out the feasibility study said: “It’s great to see local government embracing the principles of Zero Waste and the Circular Economy to provide impetus to regeneration of the regional economy.

“We hope the Council, its citizens and the businesses in the Council area reap the benefits of this approach in years to come, and that other Councils will feel inspired to follow suit.”

The strategy, found here, was co-funded by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and Derry City and Strabane District Council.


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