Council promises to reduce single use plastic and act on climate change

Wyre Council has promised to reduce its reliance on single use plastic as well as establish a climate change policy group to help tackle the global issue.

At a meeting of full council, Wyre Council approved the single use plastic policy which sets out the council’s promises to reduce single use plastic use as well as establish a climate change policy group to develop and review progress on the delivery of an action plan to alleviate the impact of climate change.

Single use plastics, also known as disposable plastics, are commonly used for plastic packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery.

The strategy will also be outlining measures to encourage businesses in Wyre make similar pledges and make event organisers using council land, reduce or eliminate single use plastic.

The council recently declared a climate emergency and is moving at pace to develop the policies needed to ensure action is taken quickly and improvements are observed in the next few years: the aim being to make the council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2050.

Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces, commented: “We are one of the first council’s in the county to establish a climate change policy group and we are hoping to lead the way in climate change action.

He continued, “We actively encourage residents to avoid single use plastic where possible and we want to ensure that we, as an authority, have policies in place to reduce our reliance on single use plastic.”

To read Wyre Council’s single use plastic policy in full, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/SUP