Council agrees my motion to work to phase out single use plastics

By 104 votes to 0.

We today started on the road to cutting single use plastics in County Durham. All councillors supported my motion which will see the council looking at its own use of such plastics and the use of them by businesses and residents to see how we can cut the use of a wide range of items or change the way in which we use them.

Councillors will now start work to find out what we can do short medium and long term to address the problems single use plastics are causing.

Our oceans have 50,000 pieces of plastic floating on them per square mile. They are contaminating our food supply, killing sealife and wildlife and causing untold damage to our natural environment.

I am really pleased that every councillor present from every council political group supported the plans.

Sky News has a really good video showing the impact of plastics on our oceans which is worth looking at (see below). I will be working with fellow councillors to find quick fixes to the problem and to consider how to deal with the more complicated issues.

https://skyoceanrescue.com/about-sky-ocean-rescue/

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