Council set to act on single-use plastics

December 22 2017

A CALL to address the environmental impact of ‘single use’ drinking cups in Bristol has passed at full council with cross-party support.

A CALL to address the environmental impact of ‘single use’ drinking cups in Bristol has passed at full council with cross-party support. 

The motion came from Lib Dem Councillor Clare Campion-Smith with input from Green councillors Fi Hance and Martin Fodor. It calls on Bristol’s Labour Mayor to introduce a small charge on non-recyclable drinking cups provided at City Hall and other venues controlled by the council, as well as lobbying central government for a charge at the national level which could be similar to the successful charge on plastic bags introduced in October 2015. 

‘Single-use’ plastics are so-called because they either cannot or are not designed to be recycled. These are things like plastic film wraps, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. 

Green councillors contributed some changes to the Lib Dem motion which were agreed the day before the full council meeting. These included calling on the mayor to ensure all outlets on council land offer reusable coffee cups for sale, to request all council contractors to switch to fully recyclable drinks cups, and to ensure cups are only sold with recyclable lids.

Councillor Fi Hance said: “Thanks are due to the Lib Dem councillors who allowed us to contribute to writing this motion without having to go through the lengthy amendment process in full council – it is an excellent, common sense green idea. Following this motion passing with cross-xparty support I hope to see action from the Mayor on this soon.”