Our production and consumption resources priorities

  1. Producing goods and services more sustainably, moving to a circular economy
  2. Becoming more responsible consumers
  3. Managing our waste as sustainably as possible
  4. Reducing unnecessary food waste

What we are doing

Sustainable, Consumption and Production Plan

Greater Manchester is developing a plan to promote economic and resource productivity and increase business opportunities through innovation. The plan will be released later in 2020.

Public Sector Plastic Pact

A number of Greater Manchester public sector bodies including district councils, GM Social Care Partnership, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have already made commitments to reduce their avoidable single-use plastics.

Work is progressing to develop a GM Plastics Roadmap and Plastic Pact for the Public Sector - a single, collaborative plan to reduce the consumption and avoid the use of problematic and avoidable single-use plastics across GMCA and partnering authorities. This includes a commitment to eradicate avoidable single-use plastic on the public estate by 2024.

Plastic-Free Campus

In partnership with the National Union of Students, universities and further education colleges across Greater Manchester have pledged to work together towards a shared vision of eradicating avoidable single-use plastics from catering, labs and stationery by 2022. This is part of a wider commitment to lead the way on sustainability and achieve carbon-neutral campuses across Greater Manchester by 2038.

The first step is to develop a shared plastic-free campus blueprint for all Greater Manchester’s further and higher educational institutions.

Waste management

On behalf of GMCA, SUEZ operates 34 waste and recycling facilities across Greater Manchester. The aims are to achieve 55% household recycling by 2025, 60% recycling across the 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres by 2021 and at least 90% diversion from landfill by 2021.

Recycle for Greater Manchester

Recycle for Greater Manchester has been delivering recycling, waste prevention and waste reduction campaigns since 2009. Our aim is to encourage and inspire residents to recycle more, recycle right and waste less. This has a direct impact on reducing carbon emissions contributing to delivering our target to become a carbon-neutral city-region by 2038.

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Plastic Free GM

Greater Manchester launched the first city-region-wide plan to drive down avoidable single-use plastics in 2018. #PlasticFreeGM is focused on the tourism and hospitality sector as this is typically where larger quantities of single-use plastics are used. Its aim is to move organisations in this sector towards more sustainable alternatives and pledge to take action to reduce avoidable single-use plastics across Greater Manchester. 

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GM Green Carrier scheme

The scheme offers retailers in the region the opportunity to purchase cost-neutral compostable carrier bags for use in their own stores. The bags have a dual use as a carrier bag and as a food waste caddy liner. The bags are available to all retailers operating within the 10 boroughs of the GMCA.

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Refill scheme

Refill, the award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution by connecting people with free tap water launched in Greater Manchester with the installation of the first water fountain in Bury as part of a pilot scheme in March 2019. It marks the start of a growing network of free indoor and outdoor water refilling stations across the region to reduce the number of plastic bottles going into our waterways.

The outdoor water fountains in Bury have been funded by environmental consultancy Eunomia, a leading researcher into marine plastics and microplastics. The water fountains will form part of a larger network being rolled out across the city-region, coordinated by Refill, United Utilities and the GMCA.

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