Single use, disposable plastics such as polystyrene takeaway containers and plastic cups are a cause of litter, a waste of resources, and a problem for future generations. They waste fossil fuels and create unsightly streets, and their persistence causes untold harm for wildlife on land and at sea.
While accepting that there are a few cases where single-use plastics are essential, such as in medical treatment, for most uses there are alternatives. But to achieve this, many people have to play their part, including users, traders, and those organising events and providing services in the city.
The Council needs to play a leading role as champion, active supporter, regulator, and service provider in ending the prevalence of single use, disposable plastics. We the undersigned therefore call on the Mayor of Bristol to support and enforce a ban on single use plastic packaging and containers, including through events licensing, as a provider of services, as a partner working with other organisations, and through media and education.
* Things the Mayor can do include:
Specifying how the council’s own events and facilities are run – setting a better example!
Changing events rules.
Procurement choices that specify alternatives.
Helping bulk buy compostable packaging for traders via Bristol Waste Company.
Better promotion of recycling and composting facilities and services where they are needed.
Licensing rules being amended for street traders and takeaways.
Better enforcement of littering sanctions.
Using council media work to promote the ban.
Lobbying government for better powers to control waste.
Started by: Cllr Martin Fodor
On reaching 3500 signatures a full council debate will be held.
This ePetition runs from 03/05/2017 to 30/09/2018.
1263 people have signed this ePetition.