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Phase 1 Day 2 2001-09-26 Gearoid Henry (Recycling Officer, and `Greening the Supply Chain', Newcastle City Council)

text of presentation to Select Committee

Waste Minimisation

Gear�id Henry

Newcastle City Council

Less re-use, less recycling, less composting and less energy recovery required when less waste is produced
Waste Minimisation

Waste generated by typical UK household

Waste generated by typical UK household

Solid waste 1.2 tonnes 12 m3
Sewage waste 165 tonnes 165 m3
Car exhaust 2 tonnes CO2 22,730 m3

Waste in the UK - 424 mt pa

Newcastle Household Waste Arisings

1991/92 105,000 tonnes
2000/01 121,242 tonnes

Percentage increase over ten years: 15%

What is Waste?

What is Waste?

EPA 1990 Section 75

Environment Act 1995 (Schedule 22)

Waste Minimisation

Waste Management Hierarchy

Minimisation Confusion

True Waste Minimisation

Processes that minimise the amount of waste disposed of

Less re-use, less recycling, less composting and less energy recovery required when less waste is produced
Waste Minimisation

Examples of Waste Minimisation

LARAC Waste Minimisation Project of year 2000 (Commercial Waste)

North East Fruit & Vegetable Market

1996 �140,000
1999 �32,000
2000 �13,000
  1. Compaction to reduce volume and handling costs, and improve payloads
  2. Baler for cardboard
  3. Wood pallets recovered for chipboard recycling
  4. Worm composting of vegetable waste and shredded cardboard

Examples of Waste Minimisation

LARAC Waste Minimisation Project of year 1999 (Household Waste)

Emerson's Green, South Gloucestershire

  1. Exchanged 240 litre bin for 140 litre (72% downsized,11% upsized)
  2. One free compost bin, second at cost of �12.50 (37% uptake, 3.7% 2nd bin)
  3. Weekly kerbside collection (box) - recycling rate for area 19%
  4. Information pack including waste minimisation information

Factors Affecting Waste Production

The Developed World

The Developing World

Waste Production on UK

Affluence

Household Occupancy Rate

How to Reduce Household Waste at Source

Stop Consumption!
Realistic or not?
Plan Consumption

Food Wasted in the UK

WHY?