Sin­gle- use plas­tics are tar­geted by coun­cil

Solihull News - - IT TALK -

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.”

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