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Northern Ireland: Derry City & Strabane District Council announces new zero waste policy

Derry City & Strabane District Council has become the first council in Northern Ireland to transition towards achieving zero waste to landfill status.


DSCDC has joined forces with Zero Waste North West and is hoping to save £3 million annually, as a result of investing in and promoting the principles of circular economy.

It was previously reported that the council had commissioned a feasibility study from Eunomia Research & Consulting, which looked into the opportunities that may stem from this new, more environmentally friendly way of operating.

The full strategy document examined other cities and districts within Europe who had adopted similar strategies and measured the results. Some of the changes suggested include: charges for garden and organic waste collections, subsidies for residential composting, reusable nappy schemes, new food disposal / collection methods, introduction of green procurement criteria and support for local businesses moving towards a circular economy setup.

kerbside-recycling-collectionsIt has been suggested that by following the zero waste to landfill route, Derry City and Strabane District Council could create 50 new jobs in the region, as well as saving £3 million a year.

Zero Waste North West is recommending that DSCDC apply for Zero Waste Europe Municipality status. If this happened, the council would be the first in Northern Ireland to achieve that status and the second region in the UK (following Bute in Scotland).

Many local NI businesses are already building principles of the circular economy into their work practices. A number of our own major clients have already achieved Zero Waste status and we are working with many other companies, in every county to achieve the same goal.

Our business has diverted ALL collected waste from landfill since 2012. We send corporate and commercial waste for recycling, for anaerobic digestion, as well as for use in RDF and SRF, alternatives to fossil fuels.

If you want help or advice on your recycling and waste and on how to move towards zero waste while still cutting costs, get in touch.