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1 Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority Our Aim is Zero Waste Councillor Neil Swannick North West Representative, UK Delegation EU Committee of the Regions

2 Our Aim is Zero Waste Greater Manchester’s Integrated Solution Nine Districts 1 million households 1.1 Million tonnes waste 50% recycling by % by 2025 Zero waste to landfill

3 Greater Manchester Solution

4 Education is key

5 Facilities (1) 21 Household Waste recycling Centres 5 Mechanical and Biological Treatment 4 with AD Material Recovery Facility 4 In vessel Composting

6 Facilities (2) 4 Education Facilities 2 Green Waste Shredding 7 Transfer Loading Stations 1 Thermal Recovery Facility

7 Combined Heat and Power SRF from MBT AD used to produce electricity and steam for the Ineos Chlor chemical plant at Runcorn Two stage (4 line) scheme providing total capacity of 750k tpa. Phase 1 relates to GMWDA - 375k tpa capacity against waste flow forecast of 275k tpa.

8 Learning from the best Massive difference between the worst and the best performers in the EU. Clearer drivers for low performers that can be enforced with penalties e.g. landfill ban on municipal waste. Learn and apply EU best practice to move medium performers towards the best: – High recycling achievable – Complete coverage with collection systems – Material consistency – Restrictions on collecting residual waste – Bans on municipal waste to landfill – Producer responsibility.

9 EU Support Zero Waste in the EU Source: Eurostat,2012 Countries with the lowest municipal waste have landfill bans

10 EU Support Product Stewardship Source: TESCO (2008). Wrap mixed plastics event

11 EU Support Product Stewardship (2) Recognition that manufacturers, importers, retailers, distributors, governments and consumers have a shared responsibility for the environmental impacts of a product throughout its full life cycle. 50% per cent of UK household waste originally comes from supermarkets, so large Retailers have a huge responsibility. Move towards responsibility across the supply chain, so that distributors, and sellers take more responsibility for returning end of life goods to manufacturers. ‘Requirement’ for householders and businesses to separate, not a ‘right’ to dispose.

12 EU Support Material Specific Targets Supply and demand economics too complex to rely on blunt instruments. Critical materials too widely distributed and arising in small quantities to rely on product based recycling targets. Technically possible to recover some materials e.g. indium, household polystyrene but not economical. Complex interaction of material extraction. Demand for one materials leads to increased supply of others.

13 Targeting Resources Scotland’s Carbon Indicator

14 We need Recycling and Energy Material recycling Energy Separation Collection Separation technology Recycling technology Markets Cost Low quality wood Biowastes Non recyclable plastics Worn Tyres Paper short fibres / contamination Glass Metals Paper and card Plastics Textiles WEEE High targets Product stewardship Energy financial uplift Landfill bans

15 Waste is a Design Flaw Eco-Innovation Performance

16 Key features of top performers Strong collaborative R&D. Culture of innovation. Networks, direct advice and seed funding. Culture of resource efficiency. Strong regulations, targets, caps. Tax incentives for consumers, tax reduction for consumers, ‘eco vouchers’ to create demand. Ultimately moving to product based service based models where waste is retained and strong relationship between consumer and supplier exists.

17 The Future: Sustainable Consumption and Production Councillor Neil Swannick


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