Ply­mouth’s plas­tic pledge

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Ply­mouth City Coun­cil has re­acted to the re­cent Euro­pean Par­lia­ment vote to ban sin­gle-use plas­tics by 2021 by say­ing that the city won’t be wait­ing that long to make fur­ther ef­forts to stop pol­lut­ing the oceans with items such as tea stir­rers, straws, plas­tic bags and wa­ter bot­tles.

Coun­cil­lor Sue Dann, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and street scene, says: “Our city has al­ready made great steps to­wards re­duc­ing sin­gleuse plas­tics, and we want to con­tinue push­ing for­ward with progress. We don’t want to wait un­til 2021 to make it hap­pen here. The city’s plas­tic re­duc­tion work has been re­ally well sup­ported by busi­nesses, schools, vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als and we are now look­ing to take this to the next level; at the next Full Coun­cil I will be an­nounc­ing a mo­tion to ac­cel­er­ate the phas­ing out of sin­gle-use plas­tics by 2020.”

A range of pub­lic, pri­vate and vol­un­tary sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions have joined to­gether to form a col­lab­o­ra­tive Bri­tain’s Ocean City Plas­tics Taskforce. The taskforce is driv­ing re­duc­tions in sin­gle-use plas­tics, in­creased re­cy­cling and look­ing for in­no­va­tive ways to re­duce plas­tic pol­lu­tion. The Taskforce launched its well-sup­ported Plan for Plas­tics this sum­mer with a week of ac­tion, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity beach cleans.

Penny Tar­rant, En­vi­ron­ment Ply­mouth, said: “Although we spear­headed the cam­paign to be the first city to gain Surfers Against Sewage’s Plas­tic Free Ply­mouth Water­front ac­cred­i­ta­tion we know there is still much more to be done and we are fully sup­port­ive of the pro­posal to ac­cel­er­ate work to re­duce sin­gle-use plas­tics. We are work­ing with schools and busi­nesses and we know across Ply­mouth peo­ple are fully be­hind work to re­duce plas­tic pol­lu­tion.”

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