Coun­cil backs curbs on plas­tic

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Unan­i­mous agree­ment was marked by a good-na­tured rum­ble of con­tent from around the cham­ber at West Loth­ian Coun­cil in a de­bate on cut­ting sin­gle use plas­tics from coun­cil premises .

A mo­tion by Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Chris Horne call­ing on the coun­cil to do more to stop sin­gle-use plas­tic cups and straws was met by an amend­ment from Labour de­tail­ing what has al­ready taken place and an in­di­ca­tion that a progress re­port is com­ing back to coun­cil in Jan­uary.

Coun­cil­lor Horne told the meet­ing: “I am ask­ing the coun­cil to con­tinue to take a lead on re­duc­ing the amount of sin­gle-use plas­tics and look­ing for a re­port so we can make some kind of in­formed de­ci­sions.”

Coun­cil­lor Horne also asked the coun­cil to give clear sig­nage for where biodegrad­able cups and any new biodegrad­able cut­lery should be placed in waste con­tain­ers.`

Coun­cil­lor Tom Conn pro­duced the amend­ment out­lin­ing work that has al­ready been done in the re­moval of plas­tic straws and bot­tled wa­ter from schools, re­placed by wa­ter dis­pensers, and the in­tro­duc­tion of biodegrad­able cut­lery at West Calder High School.

Ad­dress­ing his amend­ment Coun­cil­lor Conn said:“We are on the same page. The only dif­fer­ence here is we are set­ting down a timetable.”

Tory group leader Damian Tim­son said the only dif­fer­ence be­tween the mo­tion and amend­ment was the date of the re­port back, and Coun­cil­lor Horne said he would be happy to ac­cept this.

Plas­tic pledge West Loth­ian Coun­cil are re­duc­ing their use of sin­gle use plas­tics

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