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Reducing Plastic Waste – Bury Takes a Stand

by burylibdems on 24 January, 2018

Bury Councillors made a commitment for Bury to play its full part in reducing plastic waste, thanks to a move from the team of Lib Dem Councillors .

The Council agreed to look at its own use of us ‘single use plastics’, work with local retailers and crucially to play its part on helping residents reduce plastic waste where they can.

The Liberal Democrat team of Councillors brought a motion on Reducing Plastic Waste to the last Full Council meeting at the Town Hall. Thankfully the motion was supported by other parties and is now the policy of the Council.

Lib Dem Councillor Tim Pickstone said:
“We are using plastic and producing plastic waste at an completely unsustainable level. Not only are we using up a finite resource, but we’re polluting our environment and filing our sees with plastic waste which will be there for 100s of years.

300 million tons of new plastic is made each year, half of which is for single use plastic such as packaging and convenience foods. In many cases, such as plastic straws, takeaway food containers and coffee cups, there are practical alternatives available that are either reusable or sustainable. Estimates have shown that by 2050 there would be more plastic in the seas than fish if we don’t change soon.

“Retailer and government need to do play their part. We’re shown what can be done with a simple change through the ‘plastic bag levy’ which has meant an 85% reduction in single use plastic bags since it was introduced. Now we need to go further. It is almost impossible to go to one of our local supermarkets and not come out with unwanted and unrecyclable plastic packaging.

“Bury Council has a proud record of helping local residents recycle, now we need to go one step further and help residents reduce the amount we use and waste. The Government’s own target of removing non-essential single-use plastic in 25 years is woefully unambitious. Bury can and should do much better”


3 Responses

  1. AJM says:

    Will the council be extending the range of plastics that can be recycled in the bin collections?

    Presently this doesn’t include some recyclable items.

  2. David Barlow says:

    Yes, environment needs all the help it can get now particularly as China – worlds largest processor of waste plastic – has recently banned import of all foreign plastic.

    Why can’t food be packaged in a material similar to the green recycling bags we are all supplied with. I was led to believe this material decomposed fairly rapidly after serving its purpose.

  3. Tracey says:

    Surely we should encourage the recycling of the lower grade plastics by the council? Either that or ask the manufacturers to use alternatives (which unfortunately are often more expensive and therefore allow the prices to increase). Unless a large number protest about the use of lower grade plastics in packaging then companies are going to continue to use them. I would love to have the option of what packaging my goods are wrapped in – if any -, but that option is not available.
    Yet there are areas in England where lower grade plastics are recycled, leading to much lower waste. Can both cases be pursued?

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