Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) launches a hugely exciting EU green initiative project to establish a working circular economy for Norwich, by helping businesses create new resources by re-purposing their waste.

Upcycle Your Waste Programme

On the 24th June, Norwich BID launched a new project which will establish a working circular economy for the city. This is part of a much larger project to get SMEs in cities across the EU going green with their waste. Norwich is one of just two locations in the UK working on the ground-breaking European ‘Interreg 2 Seas’ project. It’s an EU funded initiative which aims to ‘upcycle’ 20% of all the waste produced by businesses in the total 6 participating locations across Europe.

‘Upcycle Your Waste’ aims to create a collaborative community to create this circular economy for Norwich by supporting Norwich’s SMEs in reducing running costs and transforming their waste into new resources for the community. The project also aims to improve the efficiency of waste-handling, especially when it comes to production and manufacturing. Free for SMEs to take part in, they will benefit from easy-to-access means for upcycling, as well as professional advice on their waste throughout the project. The programme should be a great way for SMEs to save money by identifying new sources of income from their existing waste and of course create a more sustainable future for the city.

Here’s what Stefan Gurney, Executive Director of Norwich BID had to say: “Norwich BID is excited to be launching this project in Norwich, and to be one of only 2 locations in the UK involved in the Interreg 2 Seas programme. We’re pleased to be able to offer SMEs in the city ways to save money and time when it comes to handling their waste, but – more than that – we’re exceptionally proud to move the city further towards a more sustainable future. This project is the first of its kind here in Norwich, and has ambitious targets for the future. Over the next 3 years, we want to help our businesses create new systems for waste management that will keep resources working within the community for years to come.”

How Does the Project Work?

The project will run for 3 years and is free for businesses to participate in. Upon project completion in 2022/23, Norwich BID wants to have put in place the means for businesses to put their waste to better use. The overarching aim is to create something positive for the environment and the economy, and ensuring Norwich’s contribution to landfill is significantly reduced. Here’s an overview:

The first stage of the project (which is already underway) entails engagement with around 100 businesses in the Norwich area, conducting short 20 minute conversations to better understand waste and re-purposing challenges.

Stage two is set to take place this autumn until early 2021, where the goal is to analyse and achieve a better understanding of the various types of waste that around 300 businesses are producing.

Throughout 2021 the third and final stage involves Norwich BID building a business case for the city’s upcycling. This will also provide support and capacity for every business involved to achieve re-purposing of their waste.

Project Benefits:

  • The project is completely free for participating businesses
  • Ultimately, the project should save businesses money by identifying new sources of income from their existing rubbish!
  • Resources from SMEs will be upcycled and put straight back into the economy. 
  • This project is a huge leap for the city in creating a more sustainable future for Norwich.
  • ‘Upcycle your Waste’ also aims to improve the efficiency of waste-handling, especially when it comes to production and manufacturing.
  • Businesses will benefit from easy-to-access means for upcycling, as well as professional advice on their waste throughout the project term.  

What’s Next?

Hear from Norwich BID at Greater Norwich’s upcoming manufacturing group, taking place on the 1oth September. If you are interested in finding out more about your local manufacturing group, get in touch with jwilliamson@hethelinnovation.com or connect with James on LinkedIn!

 

If you would like to find out more about the ‘Upcycle your Waste Project’ then please get in touch with projects@norwichbid.co.uk.  

 

With special thanks to Norwich BID for sparing the time to run through this fantastic project overview and how it can benefit manufacturers in the region.

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