Penarth Town Council has now decided to become a “single-use plastic free” council and will phase out the use of cups, bottles, cutlery and drinking straws made from such material.
The decision follows a presentation made to the council in July by well-known local Green Party activist Anthony Slaughter .
This week the council voted in favour of a proposal from Cllr Liz Fahy (Labour St Augustines) which was seconded by Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell).
The new policy “supports the aims of the Plastic Free Communities campaign and Plastic Free Penarth”. It means that Penarth Town Council will now become a “single-use plastic free” council by phasing out the use of single use plastic products such as “bottles, cups cutlery and drinking straws where it is reasonable to do ..with the objective of elimination from events and council premises by December 2020” .
Seconding the motion Cllr Mark Wilson hoped the change would be a step in the direction of reducing waste, encouraging the use of renewables.
He said he hoped it would help make Penarth “not just a carbon neutral place but maybe a place where we have a negative footprint and follow the example of Totness in Devon – the first ever transition town in the UK”
Cllr Wilson noted with some satisfaction that all the councillors sitting around the table of the council chamber were now using “Penarth” ceramic mugs for their [complimentary] tea and coffee [rather than the single-use plastic disposable cups which they’ve been using (and throwing-away) up to now].
However, the somewhat virtuous – plastic-free – mood of the meeting was somewhat punctured when Cllr Ben Gray (Conservative Plymouth Ward) was unable to resist having a stir at the expense of his Labour colleagues.
Cllr Gray had spotted an inconsistency which the other councillors had evidently missed .
He said he was “happy to support” the plastic-free policy but said that at the next council meeting “it would be nice to see no plastic spoons” on the councillors’ tea trolley.