Surrey Greens call for County Council to go single-use plastics free

Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex is calling on Surrey County Council to become a ‘single use-plastic-free’ authority by the end of 2018.

The call 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.

Cllr Essex is tabling a motion at the Council meeting on 20 March 2018 asking the Council to end the sale and provision of plastic products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in Council buildings.

Cllr Essex said:

“There is a movement across the country for us to take action now to try and mitigate the damage that plastics are doing to our seas and rivers. According to recent research, eight million tonne of plastic waste end up in the world’s oceans each year, endangering marine life. And there is growing understanding of the risks posed to human health by toxic chemicals present in plastics.

“The 5p levy on plastic shopping bags had an amazing effect on the behaviour of shoppers, with their use dropping by 85%. I am therefore calling for Surrey County Council to get ahead of the curve and develop a plan to be single-use plastics free by the end of the year and to encourage the phasing out of single-use plastics across Surrey’s businesses and other local councils.

“We simply can’t sit back and watch our oceans, seas and rivers be destroyed by single-use plastics when we can take pro-active action now to reverse the damage that has already been done”.

NOTES

The motion can be found here under Item 8(iii): https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=121&MId=5840&Ver=4

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