Lib Dem led Council leads the way
‘Blue Planet’ inspired campaigning to reduce single use plastics and wider plastics waste has helped change happen.
The Lib Dem led Borough Council has announced it will phase out plastic straws and cups at all its sites, replacing them with paper alternatives; and any new catering/bar contracts which come up for tender will also include a requirement to cut single-use plastic. Biodegradable food packaging and cutlery is already in use at the Council owned coffee shop in Leisure World Colchester. But it also now plans to offer an alternative to plastic bottles: a single-use plastic free alternative.
The Council will also talk to businesses and organisations in Colchester, promoting alternatives and encouraging a move towards biodegradable and alternative options.
Cllr Jessica Scott-Boutell, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, said: ‘I'm passionate about raising awareness about the growing single-use plastic crisis and how we can all reduce our plastic footprint. This Council will play its part by encouraging residents, businesses and organisations in the Borough to reduce their single-use plastics and, wherever possible, replace them with alternatives’. ‘
We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem and I wanted the Council to lead the way for Colchester.
Action ahead supported by the Council include the Zero Waste Recycling Expo at Firstsite on 22 April from 10am-4pm and 'Refill Colchester' which will create a network of free water bottle refilling points across the Borough from the end of April.