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A Citywide Ban on Single Use Disposable Plastics

We the undersigned call for the Mayor to take all practical steps* to make Bristol an exemplar disposable plastic-free city.

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.
Educational initiatives.
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 ran from 03/05/2017 to 31/12/2018 and has now finished.

4051 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Following the Full Council debate, it was


That the petition and the comments from the debate be noted and referred to the Mayor/ Cabinet Member with responsibility for Energy, Waste and Regulatory Services for consideration and response.

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