Green success as Surrey  County Council agrees to go “plastics free”

Last week, Surrey County Council passed a motion which I had tabled to tackle the scourge of single-use-plastics.

The motion follows campaigns across the country to reduce the use of single-use plastics after programmes such as the BBC “Blue Planet II” series highlighted the damage they cause to oceans and marine life.

My motion, which was amended then passed unanimously last week, requires the Council to:

  • develop a plastics use strategy by 2019
  • reduce the sale of single-use plastic products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in Council buildings where reasonable
  • call on the government to eliminate single-use plastics ahead of its current 2042 target.

I am delighted that my fellow county councillors endorsed my call for Surrey to adopt a plastics-free strategy. We should be leading the way on this matter and I am pleased that we are determined to improve on the Government’s 25 year target to eliminate single use plastics.

By working with partners, businesses and residents in Surrey, we can set an example of how to protect our rivers and countryside, and change the behaviours that have caused such damage across the world.

I will be pressing the County Council on this matter to make sure the strategy is completed and adopted as quickly as possible.

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