A blueprint to slash carbon emissions from waste is being endorsed by local authorities across Liverpool City Region.
Reimagining the way the city reduces waste and manages recycling has been a major priority, which has resulted in a strategy being developed for the whole region.
This strategy is now in the process of going through the approvals process in Wirral, Halton, Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens.
Collecting, transporting and disposing of waste costs Liverpool taxpayers over £36 million a year and figures from 2019 show it contributes seven per cent to the city’s total carbon emissions.
The document sets out a number of priorities:
1: Accelerating actions to reduce carbon emissions
2: Improving community-based networks to reuse items
3: Introducing community composting
4: Using waste as a resource to deliver social value
The immediate priority is tackling food waste, which accounts for around 40 per cent of the material in bins across the city region and is a significant source of carbon emissions.
A group has been set up with the aim of:
Other proposals include:
The Liverpool City Region Zero Waste Framework was approved in Liverpool in January, has been adopted by Wirral and is going to other Councils for approval shortly.
For more information about zero waste visit https://www.zerowastelcr.com/