Oswestry to Pioneer SUP

Following a request from Councillor Olly Rose, Oswestry Town Council is set to lead by example and start out on a process to become a pioneer Council in phasing out the use of unnecessary single use plastics(e.g. water bottles, straws, plastic cutlery) in all Council buildings and at meetings and events held by the Town Council.

In addition the Town Council has unanimously agreed

- To support local initiatives who are working to reduce SUP use in the community recognising there are moves to set up a local committee in Oswestry to coordinate the various groups.

- To encourage the abandonment of these products amongst commercial tenants, market traders and vendors at council events. Also to investigate the possibility of this being part of their contractual agreement

- To investigate the costs of providing drinking fountains in the town to refill water bottles. A site already identified is within Cae Glas Park.

In agreeing the above measures information was noted from Councillor Olly Rose that recognised that there are a number of other UK Councils, small and large, pushing forward this agenda from Aberporth to Norwich and Bradford. France is banning all plastic cups, plates and utensils by 2020. Through many sources there has been a great deal of information recently indicating the extent of damage to the environment, and also to health, caused by the production and use of these items. Town Councillors noted that only 6 months after introducing the 5p plastic bag charge, usage had dropped by 85%. Change can therefore happen quickly.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts that if we continue as we are there will, by weight, be more plastic than fish in the seas by 2050. At present a third of fish caught off the British shore contain plastic and there is now also plastic in our drinking water. Virtually all plastic ever made still exists in the environment. Some 8 million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the world's waterways annually.

Monday 12 March 2018

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