OWL Council Motion On Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics such as this

should be a thing of the past at the council if OWL’s WLBC motion wins support

“OWL councillors have been discussing how best to tackle single-use plastics recently and waste such as that shown above at a council event last week has spurred us on. We have now called a debate on making the council “single-use plastics free”. We are also asking that the council go further still in its role as a community leader and promote this campaign and best practice more widely in West Lancashire.

“Recent research shows eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year, endangering marine life while it is estimated that plastics in landfill can take hundreds of years to decompose.

“300 million tons of plastic are produced around the globe each year. Of this, 50% is for disposable applications such as packaging. On the day our motion was tabled a 100 kg litter ball was found in the stomach of a dead sperm whale in the Hebrides including plastic cups; bags; gloves; packing straps; and tubing.

Motion

“Reducing single-use plastic (SUP) use in the Borough of West Lancashire. To consider the following Motion included on the agenda at the request of Councillor Adrian Owens on behalf of the Our West Lancashire Group

“Recent research shows eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year, endangering marine life while it is estimated that plastics in landfill can take hundreds of years to decompose.

300 million tons of plastic are produced around the globe each year. Of this, 50% is for disposable applications such as packaging. The Government has previously considered a possible tax on single use plastics, but this Council believes that we should eliminate their use as soon as possible wherever practicable.

Council therefore resolves to

• Develop a robust strategy to make West Lancashire Borough Council a ‘single-use plastic free’ authority by the end of 2020 including an end to the purchase and procurement of SUPs through the Council’s supply chain and the transition to the use of compostable bags for litter collection by the Council’s Clean and Green teams;

• End the provision of SUP products such as cups and cutlery in council buildings and at council run events;

• Work with tenants and operators in commercial properties owned by West Lancashire Borough Council to encourage the phasing out of SUP cups, bottles, cutlery and straws;

• Encourage the Borough’s businesses, organisations and residents to go ‘single-use plastic free’ working with best practice partners to provide business support, practical guidelines and advice to help local businesses transition from SUPs to sustainable alternatives”.

Who could object? Surely no reasonable person could find a reason not to support the motion? We’ll see! 

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