Council chiefs will tonight vote on plans to phase out the use of unnecessary plastic across the borough.
The motion being put forward to help rid the borough of single-use plastics will go before a meeting of the full council this evening (31).
The bid to become one of the first Plastic Clever Councils in the country will be supported by a speech to the full council from local children Amy and Ella Meek, who founded Kids against Plastic, a campaign launched to reduce the damage to our planet caused by unnecessary plastic.
The motion will set out a number of initiatives to phase out the use of single-use plastics in council owned buildings including leisure centres, community centres and the civic centre. Some of the initiatives set out in the motion include:
- Phasing out (with a view to ending) all sales of single plastic use bottles in Gedling Borough Council owned buildings.
- Phasing out the use of single use plastic products starting with disposable cups, cutlery and drinking straws in all council buildings.
- Replacing single use plastic cups with reusable deposit scheme cups at all council run events including the Arnold Carnival.
- Launch an annual plastic free challenge to encourage councillors, employees, residents, organisations and businesses in the borough to reduce the use of plastic.
- Promoting the Kids against Plastic campaign through the council’s waste services lorries and other communications channels, to raise awareness of the work they are doing to reduce single use plastic.
- A strategy will also be created by officers to encourage the borough’s institutions, businesses and residents to adopt similar measures.
Amy and Ella Meek launched the Kids Against Plastic scheme in 2015 with a target to collect 100,000 pieces of plastic after learning the negative effect of plastic on the environment.
They contacted the council and local MP, Vernon Coaker at the end of 2017 asking them to support their scheme to reduce the number of single use plastics. They will be speaking to Councillors at the meeting this evening to encourage them to approve the motion and become a Plastic Clever Council.
Plans are also in place for a spring clean in March with a focus on collecting plastics to go towards the Kids against Plastic target of collecting 100,000 pieces of plastic.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke gave his full backing to the motion.
He said: “I am very proud of this motion which will be presented to councillors this evening to make Gedling Borough Council a Plastic Clever Council.
“We are committed to becoming one of the first councils to reduce and eventually remove the use of single use plastics in our organisation. We will also encourage our businesses and residents to reduce their use of plastic, working with campaigners like Amy and Ella, who are doing a fantastic job of raising awareness of this very important issue. ”
Gedling MP Vernon Coaker has also voiced his support for proposals.
He told Gedling Eye: “I have publically said that I want Gedling to become the first plastic clever constituency in the country and this is another step in that direction.
2I have been working with Amy and Ella Meek on their Plastic Clever campaign and the work they continue to do is phenomenal. We know it is not enough for us to be annoyed about the photographs and TV programmes that show the devastation plastic is causing to our environment, we have to take action. Gedling Borough Council are leading by example and their influence will encourage other councils, businesses and organisations to become plastic clever too.
He added: “The truth is, each and every one of us can make a difference and we have to make a difference if we are serious about protecting our planet.”