End use of plastic food and drinks containers within 5 years, urges Plaid Cymru leader

01/10/2018

Plaid Cymru councillors have tabled a notice of motion calling on Caerphilly council to phase out its use of disposable plastic cutlery and drinks cups within five years.

The motion comes after it was revealed the authority ordered more than 116,000 items between April 1st and July 26th, 2018 after a Freedom of Information request by Plaid Cymru.

The motion which will come before the authority on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018, says:

Council notes the huge problem posed by plastic pollution on a world scale –materials which will remain intact for hundreds if not thousands of years

Council further notes the huge amount of plastic items being ordered on a regular basis by the authority – 116,000 over a recent four-month period

Council resolves to re-visit its procurement practices with a view to phasing out plastics where a sustainable alternative is available. These substitute products should be brought in over a maximum timescale of five years.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, who submitted the motion, said: “The BBC’s Blue Planet series highlighted to the world the impact plastic is having on the environment and people are rightly demanding alternatives to the use of disposable plastics for everyday use.

“This represents an opportunity for Caerphilly council to set a lead by agreeing a firm target date for ending single use plastic food and drinks containers within five years. I hope it will be possible to do that much more quickly.

“Over a three month period earlier this year the council ordered more than 116,000 items of disposable plastic cutlery and drinks cups. Was there need to buy 14,000 plastic cups for the water dispensers at Ty Penallta (the council’s headquarters)?

“I hope councillors from all parties and no party will support this motion and start moving towards a disposable plastic free Caerphilly council.

“There are companies on our doorstep that offer, for instance, biodegradable straws for schools rather than plastic ones. And we need to l0ok for all those suppliers who can offer alternatives to plastic.”