On 13 December 2018 we pledged to become a single-use plastic free authority. Full details of the meeting can be found under the ‘Your Council’ section of the website.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have developed a toolkit which details the main criteria needed to achieve Plastic Free Community status. In order for us to achieve this we need to support the key objectives and in doing so ensure that local governance arrangements are put in place.
At the Council meeting we asked Cabinet to:
- Appoint a Council Member representative to the Plastic Free Chester Group.
- Review all plastic free Communities’ initiatives across the Borough and set out how we can support these.
- That we lead by example and set out a clear plan for removing all single use plastic from our premises.
Our plastic free plan is currently being developed and will be made public in the near future. Organisations across the Borough are already working together to tackle the issue of single use plastics and plastic pollution. These organisations are fully supported by ourselves.
We are only too aware of the effects of plastic pollution and want to do all we can to reduce the amount of waste and the devastating effect it can have on our environment. A starting point for this is looking at the quick wins of reducing our reliance on single-use plastics like straws, disposable cups and plastic cutlery.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is leading the campaign for Plastic Free Chester. They are currently:
- running a schools poster competition
- encouraging businesses in Chester to become plastic free
- promoting Refill Chester
- setting up a Plastic Free website
- supporting Plastic Free Ellesmere Port
- supporting Plastic Free Frodsham
Straw Free Chester
The aim is to make Chester the first city in the UK to stop using single-use plastic drinking straws.
What can you do to reduce single-use plastic?
- remember your refillable water bottle
- take a reusable coffee cup and refuse single-use take away cups
- refuse single-use packaging
- resist a straw or a buy a re-usable one
- refuse a single-use plastic bag and take your own
- take your own cutlery or use sustainable alternatives
- avoid single-use plastics in the bathroom
- refuse single-use condiment sachets
- if you visit a beach grab a handful of plastic pollution and recycle or dispose of it
- get local milk in reusable glass bottles
The high street is beginning to introduce compostable cups and cutlery as an alternative to plastic. Unfortunately we are currently unable to recycle compostable cups and cutlery at the kerbside. This is because the current recycling process cannot compost the materials. This is often due to the actual composting process which can’t actually break the item down. This means that the item will contaminate the recycling. These need to be avoided or put into the black bin.
Further information on what you can and can't recycle.