6 January 2018
Green councillors across the region are putting forward motions on the reduction of single use plastics. The motions ask councils to:
The campaign originates with Surfers against Sewage, and with the film "Plastic Ocean" and "The Blue Planet" on TV it is a great time to get people on board. Single-use plastics have become an issue of particular concern in recent years, as the catastrophic effect of plastic waste on marine wildlife has become clear, and concerns have grown about plastic waste entering the animal and human food chain.
Mendip District Council passed a motion on single use plastics in December, committing to phase out single use plastics in council activities. Green councillor Shane Collins, who proposed the motion, said "We hope to arrange a series of exhibitions in the markets towns of Mendip showing off the alternatives to single use plastics and encourage local businesses to go 'No Single-Use Plastics'. In the meantime we can all ask our local cafes and pubs to go 'No Single-Use Plastics' and encourage other Councils to do the same." (More on the Mendip motion here.)
Single Use Plastics motions have also been presented or passed by councils in Glastonbury, Frome, Penzance, Torridge and Bideford.