Trafford Greens persuade Council to phase out single-use plastics.

13 August 2018

 

Our plastics motion was passed with all-party support!  

Trafford Council have pledged to phase out the use of single-use plastics, thanks to the Green Party Group, with support from a Lib Dem Councillor. The topic was discussed at the Council meeting where it received all-party support.

 

 

Cllr Dan Jerrome, Green Party, said:

Residents contact me about our poor plastic recycling facilities, as well as the related issues of litter and fly-tipping on a very regular basis. We know that abandoning single-use-plastics is something that the vast majority of people want to do. Trafford Council needs to play its part to support residents with this.”

 

At the moment, one million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.

The decision means the Council will phase out its use of single-use water bottles and other similar plastics over the next two years. Similar pledges have been made by other councils across the country including Brighton and Hove Council, Exeter, Wirrall, Norwich, Corwall, Cannock Chase and many more in the UK and around the world. Large companies like the BBC and IKEA have made similar pledges.

 

Cllr Geraldine Coggins, Leader of the Green Party Group on Trafford Council said:

“We were delighted that all parties on the Council supported our motion. Councils across the country are already making this change and now Trafford will do so too. With large organisations like this all singing from the same hymn sheet, producers and distributers will have to listen. These polluting companies will need to re-evaluate their methods and their materials and come up with workable, economically viable solutions.”

 

You can watch it here

https://trafford.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/365337

Just click on item 8 in the agenda on the right, or skip to 59:35.

 

Messenger article

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