City council takes decision to stop buying single-use plastic products
A Battenhall councillor has called on businesses and organisations to follow Worcester City Council’s example in ending its use of single-use plastic products.
Louis Stephen, the Green Party Leader on the council, who chairs the authority’s Policy and Resources Committee, welcomed its decision to stop buying the plastic bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws for any of its activities.
The council has joined forces with the Plastic Free Worcester action group in a bid to encourage other local businesses and event planners to take similar action during 2019.
“As the organisation responsible for the collection of waste in Worcester, we felt it was time to put words into action and stop purchasing single-use plastics altogether,” said Cllr Stephen.
“I would urge other local businesses and organisations to do the right thing: put the environment first and reduce your use of plastic in 2019.”
The city council is now considering asking prospective suppliers to demonstrate what action they are taking to reduce plastic consumption within their organisation, as a contractual obligation.
Kim Tanner, Plastic Free Worcester, said: “It’s great news that Worcester City Council is joining the resistance against single-use plastics and has realised the importance of the growing impact that throwaway culture is having on our planet.
“We look forward to working together, so Worcester can be added to the growing list of Plastic Free communities in the UK.”
Plastic Free Worcester meets at The Hive café on the third Monday of every month at 7.15pm. Individuals and representatives of local businesses and organisations are welcome to attend and get advice on how to to reduce plastic usage.
The Zero Waste Worcestershire group has also created an online map indicating where plastic-free products can be purchased at zerowasteworcestershire.com/shopping-map-2/