Council moves to cut back on 'single use' plastics

12 April 2018

A motion to review and reduce the ‘single-use’ of plastics has been approved by Newark and Sherwood District councillors.

Councillor Roger Jackson, chairman of the council’s leisure and environment committee, proposed the motion at an extraordinary council meeting on Tuesday, April 10. It was seconded by Councillor Bruce Laughton.

The motion read:

“Newark and Sherwood District Council, as a waste collecting authority: Supports the growing national campaign to highlight the dangers of single use plastics to our environment, especially our oceans;

“That we commit to work with our waste management partners, Nottinghamshire County Council and Veolia to maximise the amount of plastic and other materials which can be recycled;

“We review and reduce our reliance on single use plastics throughout the council’s services and encourage others to do the same and to use alternative materials wherever possible; and agree that a paper is brought to the council’s Leisure and Environment Committee on how we progress these objectives.”

Householders in Newark and Sherwood are already assured that any plastic item placed in a litter bin or domestic bin in district will not result in it polluting the world’s oceans. It will be recycled or sent for energy recovery.

Councillor Jackson said: “We need to work together to ensure more recycling is achieveable and to make sure that manufacturers use more recycled materials to package their products. We hope that with the council taking a lead it will encourage others in Nottinghamshire to show the same initiative.”

Among the measures the district council will be looking at supporting is the implementation of deposit and return schemes for single use plastics such as plastic drinks bottles. It will also:

· Submit a response to the government’s open consultation on ‘Tackling the Plastic Problem’
· Support measures to reduce the variety of plastics entering the waste stream in order to facilitate more effective recycling schemes
· Work with other authorities to increase the quality of the material recycled across Nottinghamshire.

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