Derry/Strabane is first 'Zero Waste' accredited area in UK

Thu, 19/11/2020 - 10:16 -- Editor

The Derry City and Strabane District Council area has officially become the first Zero Waste
Municipality in the UK and Ireland.

The European designation is the fruits of a deepening
collaboration with ZWNW and sees the Council area join a network of communities across the
continent sharing learning and experiences of reducing waste generation while improving
recycling rates and the quality of the resources captured.
This is the latest stage of the City and District’s adaption of a Circular Economy/Zero Waste
Strategy in December 2017, which aims to keep resources and products in use for as long as
possible, extracting maximum value for the local economy, before recovering and regenerating
them at the end of their life cycle.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney, welcomed the
successful bid, which was endorsed last year by Council’s Environment and Regeneration
Committee while he was Chairperson:
“This is a significant milestone in our work towards a Circular Economy Zero Waste District
and I am proud that we are the first Council area in these islands to achieve this
“Everyone can play their part in that journey and we have been working closely with local
businesses to increase awareness of waste reduction and to make them aware of how they
can use and recycle their waste more economically.”,
he added.
“I would like to congratulate our project partners at Zero Waste NW and Zero Waste Europe
for their work in securing the designation and I look forward to our Council area reaping the
benefits on a Circular Economy in the years ahead.”
Jack McQuibban, Cities Programme Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe, said:
“Zero Waste Europe is proud and excited to welcome Derry and Strabane into our Zero
Waste Cities programme. As the first Zero Waste city region in the UK or on the island of
Ireland, this moment marks an important milestone in the growth of the programme, as
more municipalities across Europe recognise the need for change, as well as the benefits
adopting a local zero waste strategy will bring to the community.”
“We recognise and are grateful for the leadership shown in Derry and Strabane to commit to
this goal, as well as the continued support given by our local member Zero Waste North
West. Together over the coming months and years, we look forward to working together
with both parties to help achieve the Council's circular economy and zero waste goals.”
Maeve O’Neill, Chairperson at Zero Waste North West, said:
“Zero Waste North West is today truly proud of our city-region, our political representatives,
our Council Officers and all our zero waste stakeholders and citizenry. This represents the
first step in authentically addressing and arresting the waste generation crisis that is
polluting our air, land and waters, not just locally but globally.
We can’t recycle our way out of the crisis. Here and across the globe we need to transition
from our linear economy to a circular one. Then we expose what waste truly is, leakage from
the circle. Year on year we must steadily reduce our generation of waste to zero. This is a
jobs-rich innovation and direction, part of a new vision for a green recovery in our city region
that prioritises the health and wellbeing of ourselves and the finite planet in which we live.
It's a journey all of us have a part to play in.
Thank you to all who played a part in bringing us to this first step towards innovating and
regenerating our city-region economy. Let the journey begin.”
A circular economy is about moving away from the ‘extraction-production-consumptionthrowaway’ culture and closing the loop so that the resources that go into our products are
reclaimed, recycled and valued forever. It aims to foster a new attitude to design in manufacturing
as well as new attitudes among consumers while maximising economic, social and environmental
benefits in our local city-region.
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