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Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy

Let's face it - burying waste in landfills is pretty rubbish, a waste of money, a waste of valuable resources and has a damaging effect on our environment. For the past few decades that's what we've been doing with the household rubbish we can't recycle, but this is going to change.

South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership

Together Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils aim to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill sites every year. The partnership also want to increase recycling.

We can't continue to only send rubbish to landfill so the partnership has set some ambitious targets for increasing recycling across the three councils. We currently recycle around 35% of our rubbish, by 2015 we need to recycle 45% and increase this to 50% by 2020. Even when we recycle 50% there will still be around 165,000 tonnes of household rubbish to be deal with.

All households can now recycle a wider range of materials from home including:

  • plastic bottles and cardboard
  • paper 
  • glass bottles/jars and cans. 

We're also looking at ways to improve the household waste and recycling centres. We've already made improvements to bring banks across the borough. As well as this we are looking to expand the range of materials collected.

Non recycled rubbish 

We send your non-recycled rubbish to the Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility on Teesside. The facility uses a high-tech burning process to convert the waste into electricity for the National Grid.

Documents

Icon for pdf Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy [1.79MB]

Icon for pdf Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy [311.05KB]

Icon for pdf Draft Post Adoption Statement [137.7KB]

Icon for pdf PFI Project Final Business Case - May 2011 [2.34MB]

Icon for pdf PFI Project Final Business Case - May 2011 [4.13MB]

Icon for pdf PFI Project Final Business Case - May 2011 [9.75MB]

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