It was moved
by Councillor Todd and seconded by Councillor Kerr that:
- Most plastic does not
decompose; a plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the marine
environment. Plastic slowly fragments into smaller pieces but never
truly go away- these are known as microplastics.
approximately 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans.
Estimates suggest that by 2050 there could be more plastic in our
oceans than fish.
- Approximately 5,000
items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach
in the UK. Plastic bottles and packaging make up a third of plastic
pollution entering the sea. Tyre dust, maritime waste, nurdles and
synthetic microfibers make up another 47% of the
- Plastic pollution
causes harm to wildlife such as fish, seabirds and dolphins. Recent
research has found marine plastic in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of
whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabirds. 100,000 marine mammals
and turtles are killed by plastic pollution every year. 1 in 3 fish
caught for human consumption contains plastic.
- UK rivers have been
found to be heavily polluted with microplastics. Recent studies
have also found microplastics in both tap and bottled
- The plastics crisis
requires action by national and local governments to reduce plastic
pollution by increasing recycling rates and eliminate unnecessary
single-use plastic (SUP).
- We need to move away
from a linear plastics economy, where we take, make and dispose of
plastic, towards a circular system where we capture the value of
plastics material - keeping plastic in the economy and out of the
- National government
are not taking decisive action to deal with the problem of plastic
This Council therefore commits
- To become a full
signatory of the ‘Plastic Free Pledge’ by eliminating
all single-use plastics within Council managed buildings and
facilities by 2020.
- Incorporate the
reduction of single-use plastic into the Council’s waste
strategy, and investigate ways to further improve our recycling
performance by making it easier for residents to recycle by seeking
ways in which a wider range of plastics and other dry recyclable
materials can go into the brown bins.
- Consider with
partners the installation of water fountains across the High
- Work with and
encourage the public, local businesses, partners and institutions
to go ‘plastic free’.
incentivising traders on Council land to sell re-usable or
non-plastic bio-degradable containers and invite customers to bring
their own, with the aim of phasing out single-use plastics,
including investigating the possibility of requiring food and drink
vendors to avoid SUPs as a condition of their event
- Work with existing
local and national groups and experts such as Keep Britain Tidy to
implement these changes.
- Ask the cabinet
member responsible for the environment to write to the Government
Minister for Environment, requesting that the reduction of
single-use plastic form part of the government’s Resources
and Waste Strategy.
- Ensure, where
practical, all future council procurement exercises eliminate the
use of single-use plastics, replacing them with sustainable or
re-usable alternatives where practicable.
An amendment was proposed by
Councillor Flower and seconded by Councillor Douglas as
the serious concerns about plastic
pollution set out by Councillor Todd and Councillor Kerr in their
notice of motion (attached as Annex A), in particular relating to
single use plastics
the proposed principles, remedies and
actions set out in the notice of motion (attached as annex
the widespread public and corporate
support for effective action to deal with plastic
therefore requests the Chair of the Community Select Committee to
establish a sub-committee to undertake appropriate research, taking
into account evidence from local public sector and corporate
partners with the task of recommending an effective, achievable,
timed and costed plan of actions by the Council for consideration
as part of the new Corporate Plan agreed for implementation during
the four years after the May elections 2019.
When put to the meeting, the
amendment was RESOLVED accordingly.