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New study to develop local Zero Waste strategy

11 November 2016

Local people will be delighted to hear that work is about to begin on a new feasibility study into developing a Circular Economy/Zero Waste strategy for the entire Derry and Strabane district.

The study was announced this week by Derry City and Strabane District Council and Zero Waste North West (ZWNW), a voluntary organisation based in Derry, promoting Zero Waste/Circular Economy resource management as an alternative to landfill and incineration.

The collaborative project will be carried out by Eunomia Research & Consulting Limited with support from Council, ZWNW and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Welcoming the new study, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the work would support the creation of a cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy.

“I am delighted to see work beginning on this study which will see a full review of current waste management services with a view to creating a circular economy,” she declared.

“We have come a long way in addressing local environmental concerns and people are becoming more aware of the many long-term implications of abusing the environment.

“This new study will give further insight into ways we can become more efficient in processing our waste and create a regenerated and sustainable environment which will benefit all local areas.”

The feasibility study will take into account current and impending waste management obligations and full consideration of current operational services. Furthermore, it will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of developing a circular economy/zero waste for use within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

The circular economy is about moving away from the ‘extraction-production-consumption-throwaway’ culture and closing the loop so that the resources that go into our products are reclaimed, recycled and valued forever. This means a new attitude to design in manufacturing as well as new attitudes among consumers. 

 Speaking on behalf of Zero Waste North West, Judi Logue said: “Zero Waste offers a fresh approach to dealing with waste, shifting the focus from ‘waste management’ to efficient resource management.

“We are delighted to play a key role in the district changing from a conventional linear economy to a circular economy which will alter people’s lives for the better by promoting economic growth, creating jobs, and reducing environmental impacts.”