Surrey Heath Borough Council yesterday announced,
Surrey Heath Borough Council has formalised its commitment to reducing single use plastics (SUP) by signing an agreement alongside Surrey County Council and 10 Surrey boroughs and districts.
Recognising the importance of the environmental challenge posed by SUP, a multi-authority task group was set up under the Surrey Waste Partnership to focus on tackling the problem in Surrey.
The task group identified shared strategic objectives for minimising and working towards zero avoidable SUP across all 12 partner authorities, in line with government’s target of achieving zero avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042. SHBC’s Executive has resolved to endorse these strategic objectives for tackling the use of SUP in Surrey.
The objectives cover five key areas:
- ‘Get our own house in order’ by ending the sale and provision of SUP products to phase out their use across our estates and operations wherever possible.
- Work with our suppliers and contractors to minimise and work towards zero avoidable SUP use (wherever possible) in their service provision.
- Support greater awareness and action from our suppliers and contractors in finding sustainable SUP replacements wherever appropriate and encourage higher recycling rates across our estates.
- Help raise awareness across Surrey.
- Enable and encourage people in Surrey to take action to reduce their SUP use.
This commitment builds on work that the Council had already undertaken to reduce the use of SUP in Council-owned buildings and services.
Camberley Theatre has been plastic-free since last year. Theatre Manager Andy Edmeads said: “Last summer, Camberley Theatre replaced all plastic disposables such as cups, beakers and straws with compostable alternatives. All of these items look and feel like their plastic counterparts but are fully compostable leaving no impact on the environment.
We have received plenty of positive comments from our customers on introducing these alternative disposables and their look and feel. These products are also a comparable cost to businesses so no cost has been passed to our customers.”