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Lib Dem Success in leading the way on Plastic reduction in Our District

March 7, 2018 7:01 PM
By Pat Marsh

plastic bottles

At tonight's Council Meeting The Lib Dems tabled a Notice of Motion asking that.. 'This Council commits to working towards making this District Plastic free, supporting plastic free initiatives within Harrogate District by:

  1. Phasing out, within the next 2 years, the use of single use plastic from its premises.
  2. Setting up a Task Group involving local environmental groups and businesses to create a robust strategy to encourage local businesses, other organisations and residents to go single us plastic free.

We won the debate and the NOM was supported unanimously. For the first time a Lib Dem motion was not amended by the Conservatives, they amended our previous ones on Housing and Fly Tipping rendering them useless, though, during the debate on this one the Leader of the Council offered to reduce the time to one year, which we are very happy to accept. We will keep the pressure on to make sure that this NOM is acted upon.

One small trigger for putting this NOM was the fact that when the Council moved into its new Civic Centre, all cups and glasses were abandoned for polystyrene cups, plastic spoons, plastic milk cartons and plastic tumblers. I raised this issue with the Chief Executive and the Leader to make sure that this was stopped and that we reverted back to using cups, glasses etc. This has at last been done, it has taken 3 months but is something that should never have happened in the first place.

These kind of small steps can make a huge difference if everyone thinks carefully about their use of plastic. We cannot stand back and let this situation carry on, together we must make a difference. I urge everyone please do what you can to support our District to become Plastic free.

Cllr Pat Marsh (Lib Dem Leader)