Plymouth’s plastic pledge
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.”