Council sets deadline for ban on disposable plastics

July 30 2018

South Gloucestershire Council is to ban disposable cups and plastic cutlery at its catering facilities by the end of the year.

At a cabinet meeting in July, councillors agreed to find alternatives, such as reusable cups and wooden cutlery.  

The move follows a successful motion by Lib Dem councillors Claire Young and Mike Drew earlier this year, which required the Cabinet to take action.  But at the time, a Conservative amendment to the motion ensured that no deadline was set. 

 Following the July decision, Lib Dem Leader, Cllr Claire Young, said: “We welcome the fact that our motion received cross-party support and that the administration say that they will implement these changes by the end of the year, as we proposed.” 

She continued: “South Gloucestershire will now become one of the first authorities in the country to take this step.”     

Lib Dem councillor (Yate North) Mike Drew said: “The administration expects residents to reduce waste, with the introduction of smaller bins, so it’s only right that they practice what they preach.”

Council Leader Toby Savage has said he would like to set an example by making the council a single use plastic ‘free zone’.