A critical review of a key waste strategy initiative in England: Zero Waste Places Projects 2008-2009

Paul S Phillips, Terry L Tudor, Helen Bird, Roy Fairweather

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To help drive the required behaviour change for increased sustainable practice the Government in England launched a Zero Waste Places (ZWP) initiative to develop innovative and exemplary practice. By inviting places to bid for ZWP status, the successful applicants were then expected to become exemplars of good environmental practice on all waste issues. The ZWP programme commenced in October 2008 with the selection of 6 distinct places based upon an application by a partnership. The places ranged in size from the very small (one street of 201 properties) to a Region of England (5 million population). The funding was £70,258 and the mean was £11,709. The overall assessment suggests that the Local Authorities and their project partners rose to the challenge of zero waste and in most cases met or even exceeded their objectives (meeting at least 80% of aims and planned actions) and achieved high value for money in terms of Government funded initiatives. A Certificated Standard for ZWP was developed and is perceived as being both useful and valuable and it is hoped that it will spur a large number of new ZWP applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 26th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, PA USA, March 27-30, 2011
Place of PublicationPennsylvania
PublisherWidener University, School of Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • BREW
  • Waste management
  • standard
  • waste strategy
  • zero waste places


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