Single- use plastics are targeted by council
PLASTIC cups, straws and cutlery could become a thing of the past across Solihull Council after it agreed to aim to scrap the single- use items by the end of 2020.
Councillors gave unanimous backing to a concerted push against these types of throwaway products, which were described as “totally unnecessary and hugely damaging to the environment”.
A motion presented by Green Party councillor Ben Groom had urged the authority to take a number of steps, including removing single- use plastic from its buildings and look at imposing stricter conditions on the food and drink vendors at council events.
Solihull’s ruling Conservative group said they agreed with “the spirit” of the proposal, but amended the motion to put back the deadline by 12 months.
There was one further caveat that action to end “the purchase and procurement” of the plastics through the supply chain would be “where feasible”, with the Tories arguing that work was needed to look at the practicalities.
Councillor Tony Dicicco, cabinet member for the environment and housing, said: “We can lead by example and hopefully others will follow.”