Council bans disposable plastic cups at own offices

May 29 2018
Council bans disposable plastic cups at own offices

Disposable plastic cups are to be banned at South Gloucestershire Council offices.

All three political parties on the council united to vote through the ban, which will stop 36,000 cups a year being sent to landfill.

The move was proposed by the council’s Liberal Democrat leader and Westerleigh ward councillor Claire Young, who said the ban would make the authority a national leader on an important environmental issue. 

Ms Young told the council’s annual meeting that every day, 7 million plastic cups are thrown away in the UK - more than 2.5 billion every year.

She said: “Half of the plastic waste in the world today is from single-use items.

“We have been investigating whether they can be recycled but we feel it would be better to eliminate them altogether.

“Public authorities have a duty to preserve and protect the environment.”   

A commitment to ban the cups by the end of the year was removed by a Conservative amendment to the motion, but Tory deputy leader Jo Hunt said the cabinet would be asking officers to report on how the ban could be brought in “as soon as possible”.

And council leader Toby Savage indicated that the days of other single-use plastics could also be numbered on council premises.

He said: “I intend to bring more decisions to Cabinet in future to make South Gloucestershire a single-use plastic free zone, and set the example we hope residents, businesses, and community organisations will join us in following.”

Mike Drew, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Yate North, said it should be possible for the council to bring in the disposable cup ban by the end of the year, adding: “We will now hold the administration to account to ensure that they don’t drag their heels in carrying this change out.”