Greater Manchester Green City Region. Creating a greener, greater city region differently

Our production and consumption of resources

Summary of the challenges and opportunities 

As part of building a thriving and sustainable city region, we need to promote economic and resource productivity, eliminate waste and increase business opportunities through innovation, which in turn will stimulate skills development and jobs. The damage done to our environment caused by waste products can be if avoided if more sustainable decisions are made at the production stage. To tackle this problem, we need to change the way that we, as consumers, treat end of life products. At the same time, we also need to work with industry to encourage more circular, sustainable and resource efficient business models; from using more sustainable materials to making sure manufacturing processes maximise resource and energy efficiency. 


Priority 1: Producing goods and services more sustainably, moving to a circular economy 

Priority 2: Becoming more responsible consumers 

Priority 3: Managing our waste as sustainably as possible 

Priority 4: Reducing unnecessary food waste 


Priority 1: 

  • 50-77% reduction in industrial emissions (38% by 2025). 

Priority 2:

  • Limit any increase in the quantity of waste produced to 20%. 

Priority 3: 

  • Achieve a recycling rate of 65% by 2035. 



  • Reduce the amount of waste you produce and use reusable products 
  • Cut down the amount of plastics you use. 
  • Buy sustainable products 
  • Look at alternatives to purchasing large items such as lease agreements or take-back schemes. 
  • Recycle as much as you can 
  • Reduce the amount of food you waste 
  • Support local food growing and redistribution initiatives and organisations 

Businesses and other organisations 

  • Review your processes to look where you can make efficiencies in design and production. 
  • Make sure sustainability is part of your procurement policy 
  • Take action to reduce the amount of food your organisation wastes 
  • Support local food growing and redistribution initiatives and organisations 

Lead policy 

  • Collaborate with the GM Sustainable Business Partnership, including a focus on resource efficiency 
  • Explore ways to support innovation that will help us transition to a circular economy. 
  • Continue to develop the Plastic Free GM campaign, including launching a roadmap and Plastic Pact for the public sector 
  • Develop and consult on a Zero Waste Strategy to set out our approach to becoming a zero waste city region. 
  • Produce a roadmap and future food strategy, which will set out a pathway and priorities for our food system. 

Local Authorities 

  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations – continue to work with partners across these areas, particularly on the development of our food strategy. 

Local Authorities 

  • Embed environmental sustainability criteria in social value procurement mechanisms 

  • Provide Carbon Literacy for all staff involved in procuring activities 

  • Aim to eradicate avoidable single use plastic on the public estate. 

What we need from government policy 

  • Further powers and incentives in increase reuse and recycling for both residents and businesses. 

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

• Work with partner organisations to support the development of waste management action plans across Trusts
• Take an approach towards a continual reduction in levels of waste, relative to the size of the organisation
• Have a system/process in place that identi es suitable opportunities to convert “waste” into a resource for community groups or charities
• Support staff on how to reduce food wastage to reduce the environmental impact

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