The Council recognises the immense harm that plastic pollution is creating in our seas and onshore waterways. There is much to be done at national and local government level to move away from Single Use Plastics (SUP) in particular and use only those plastic containers and items that are made of plastic that can be recycled. BDC made a commitment at the Council meeting on 27th June to:
Work with and encourage the public, local businesses, supermarkets, partners and institutions to go ‘plastic free’. Encourage traders on Council land to sell re-usable or non- plastic biogradable containers and invite customers to bring their own, with the aim of phasing out single-use plastics, including investigating the possibility of requiring food and drink vendors to avoid SUPs as a condition of their event permission.
Develop a policy framework to reduce plastic pollution in Bassetlaw and help curb the unnecessary use of single use plastics in the district
Encourage, enable and aid all employees and Councillors to engage with the annual Plastic Free July challenge.
Work with existing local and national groups and experts to implement these changes Write to the Conservative Secretary of State for the Environment requesting that greater emphasis is given to reducing the UK’s dependence on SUP and greater resources be provided to enable the UK to recycle more single-use plastic in the UK as opposed to exporting millions of tons of SUP abroad every year.