In July 2019, the Council made a commitment to remove single-use plastics from its operations and activities, replacing them with sustainable alternatives, by the end of the current administration in 2023.
The impacts of climate change and plastic pollution are causing serious damage around the world. The impact on everyone in Telford and Wrekin is also likely to be profound, with risks to life, property and the environment, if no action is taken.
Plastic pollution is also having a significant impact on the environment, for example:
- 8 million pieces of plastic go into the ocean each day;
- Single-use plastic bottles account for 40% of all litter by volume;
- 1 million seabirds a year die from plastic pollution;
- 1 in 4 fish caught for human consumption now contain plastic.
These issues are compounded by the fact that 50% of plastic produced is used only once and can then remain in the environment for up to 400 years. In many cases there are practical alternatives available that are either re-usable or more sustainable.
The Council has already made many significant steps to reducing the amount of single-use plastic it uses. You can read about the ways we’re cutting single-use plastic below.