A ‘business-to-business’ circular economy platform is one of the measures in the pipeline as part of Greater Manchester’s new Sustainable Consumption Plan (SCP) to create a ‘waste-free’ city region.
The SCP, approved by Greater Manchester Combined Authority in June, aims to move Greater Manchester’s businesses to a model that is more reliant on reusing and recycling materials, and to empower residents to make more sustainable lifestyle choices, focusing on four priorities:
- Moving to a circular economy
- Managing waste sustainably
- Reducing food waste
- Moving to sustainable lifestyles.
Cllr Neil Emmott, GMCA lead for green city region and waste & recycling, said: “As our society faces more economic pressures, we need to help people and businesses reduce avoidable waste, which can also reduce bills.
“We need to keep products and materials in use for longer to reduce pressure on the environment. Globally, we currently extract three times the number of natural resources than we did over 30 years ago. This figure is also expected to more than double by 2060 if we don’t make significant changes now.”