Food Waste Policy

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Food Waste Policy

Bind form part of the 'Waste commission' . The Commission examine the journey of waste from the moment it is produced through to the moment it is disposed of to see how the city can dramatically reduce its waste mountain.

The Commission has meet throughout 2017 to hear evidence from a wide range of individuals and organisations to inform its thinking, culminating in a report with a series of recommendations.

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. 

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

A full copy of the report with seven high level recommendations is available on the Wise on Waste website at: