Report and recommendations

A new report that sets out how Newcastle could become a world leader in waste reduction has been unveiled.


The 50-page publication entitled No Time to Waste is packed with ideas and actions to dramatically cut the amount of waste we produce.


The city collects 142,000 tonnes of it every year – that’s enough to fill St James Park entirely every three years and it’s becoming increasingly costly to process.  When business and industrial waste is added this figure is much higher.  


The report coincides with a number of recent announcements by Government and big business aimed at reducing single use plastic which is harming wildlife and damaging the environment.


Drawn up by experts on the Newcastle Waste Commission, the report suggests:


  • a voluntary ban on single use plastics in the city

  • a voluntary ban on drinking straws in pubs, clubs and restaurants

  • setting an ambitious target to be a zero-food waste city

  • a re-use mall where unwanted items can be bought, sold and swapped

  • exploring alternatives to the council sending waste to Sweden 

  • setting up a city-wide partnership for groups to share ideas and good practice