In October 2008 the Government announced England’s first six Zero Waste Places, which received total funding of £70,258. The places fulfilled a pathfinder role in identifying the barriers and illustrating solutions to enable other local authorities to adopt good sustainable waste management practices. These were:
A Waste Free Tuesday Market Place—Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk;
Peterborough City Centre—Peterborough Environment City Trust;
Green Zones Community Development Project—London Borough of Brent;
Shenley Church End Zero Waste Place Project—Milton Keynes Council;
A Zero Waste Region—West Midlands (WM) Region;
London Borough of Lewisham—Lewisham Zero Waste Eco Street.
The initiative ran from October 2008 until May 2009. All projects were considered successful and all have continued in some form after the funding ended. Details of the six projects can be found on the Local Government Association website.
We have also announced six new Zero Waste Places in parts of Shropshire, Dorchester, Brixton, Newham, Hoxton and Suffolk. We plan to support these places, which are moving towards zero waste through seed corn funding totalling approximately £50,000. The evidence generated by the projects will be used as guidance for other areas working towards a zero waste ambition.