Council pledges to reduce the use of Single Use Plastics
The Council has undertaken an audit, within existing resources, of SUPs used by the Authority and seeking to replace these with sustainable or reusable alternatives where practicable.
Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, SSDC Portfolio holder for Economic Development, Environment and Transformation, said: "We are absolutely committed to reducing single use plastics, as far as is practically possible across all of our operations.
"We are currently carrying out assessments of the key materials used in the organisation - including plastic bottles, cups, bags and other food associated packaging - and will focus on minimising the use of these and maximising recycling potential.
"Each year 300 million tons of new plastic is made, half of which is for single use plastic such as packaging and convenience foods. In many cases, such as plastic straws, takeaway food containers and coffee cups, there are practical alternatives available that are either reusable or sustainable."
SSDC will also use the links it has with businesses in South Somerset to encourage them to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced, specifically by writing to each of the major supermarkets asking them to consider introducing a 'plastic-free aisle' in their store on a trial basis.