Conservative controlled Richmond Council has condemned the devastating effect of plastic pollution and committed to becoming the leading borough in reducing single use plastics by setting an example within the Council and working with the residents, businesses and local groups to cut back on plastic waste and improve arrangements for disposal.
At a meeting of Full Council, on Tuesday 23rd January, Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for the Environment, put forward the motion to make Richmond the Council in the fight against plastic pollution. Putting forward to motion she said:
"Richmond is the best borough to live in and we are rightly proud of our parks and open spaces and want to protect them. Most plastic is designed to be around for a long time - it can take over 400 years for a plastic bottle to biodegrade.
“In the UK we use more than 13billion plastic bottles a year of which only 57% are recycled; 2.5billion disposable cups with less than 0.25% recycled; 2.3million tonnes of plastic packaging , only 45% recycled and in London alone 1 million straws each day. If this trend continues some 12 billion tonnes will be in landfill or the natural environment polluting our rivers and oceans by 2050.
“Everyone of us has a role to play in limiting single use plastics whether it is buying reusable bottles and cups, stop using plastic straws or just looking around the house to see which plastic packaged products we can do without. So let's work together and make Richmond the leading borough in eliminating unnecessary use of plastics."
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