Celebration at commitment to cease single-use plastic


Cllr Katie Porrer has spoken today of her delight that the motion she took to last night’s meeting of Cambridge City Council to cease single-use plastic in all events on city council land was passed unanimously. Cllr Porrer speaks for the Lib Dems on Open Spaces and represents Cambridge’s Market Ward where many events are hosted on the city’s public open spaces.

Cllr Katie Porrer has spoken today of her delight that the motion she took to last night’s meeting of Cambridge City Council to cease single-use plastic in all events on city council land was passed unanimously. Cllr Porrer speaks for the Opposition LibDems on Open Spaces and represents Cambridge’s Market Ward where many events are hosted on the city’s public open spaces.

Cllr Porrer said: “This marks a huge step forward for the council and allows us to show a real example on this important issue for the planet. As a council we must promote the benefits of reuse and recycling, and move away from a throw-away approach. How can we ask businesses and local residents to do this if we are not doing it ourselves at the council?”

Cllr Porrer took along to the council an example of a large plastic cap from a recent event she attended, and spoke of her horror at the number of plastic cups used once and put straight into waste bags along with food remains and other rubbish, which would mean that they could not even be recycled.

Cllr Porrer’s proposal not only called for stopping single-use plastics on council land, but also for clearly signed recycling facilities on site or confirmation that these would be sorted off side, and for compostable bins to be made available for compostable waste.

It also demanded that events promote and preferably incentivise resuable cups and utensils, as so many of our local cafes do already.

Cllr Porrer regretted that the ruling Labour group, in supporting her motion, at the same time watered it down by removing a commitment to extend this ban to events that the city council sponsored or supported on sites the council are not responsible for. She said:

“This is certainly a disappointment, but today I’m seeing the positive. I am very pleased to have brought about a big step forward and I will fight for the rest in the future.”


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