Decision details

Single Use Plastics Update

Decision Maker: Environment and Communities Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider an update on single use plastic items following a notice of motion with regard to the council removing any single use plastics from its operations.



Ralph Kemp, Head of Environmental Services presented the report and advised the Committee that this was a response to the resolution passed by this Committee in March to produce a report on the current use of single use plastics across the

Council.  The report showed a reduction of single use plastics across services.  A campaign and community toolkit and resources have been developed to provide information on how to reduce plastic use in everyday life.


The Committee noted the correct balance had been found in certain circumstances, such as the decision to retain individual portion milk sachets so as not to waste milk in a milk jug.  The Committee noted the continued use of single use plastic in vending machines within the building, the Head of Environmental Services took this as an action to follow up with Facilities Management.

Councillor Dean requested where possible statistics to represent a before and after analysis of single use plastic usage.


Councillor Laura Crane requested further communications being pushed in respect of the toolkit resource.


The Committee requested the scheduling of an annual report on the subject of single use plastic.




That the report be received and noted.

Report author: Ralph Kemp

Publication date: 11/08/2022

Date of decision: 04/08/2022

Decided at meeting: 04/08/2022 - Environment and Communities Committee

Effective from: 19/08/2022

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