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Council sets its sights on single use plastics ban

Lambeth councillors have pledged to attempt to eradicate single use plastics from council buildings by the end of 2018.

The council will encourage businesses and residents to make an equivalent pledge and also hopes to put a limit on single use plastics at festivals in the borough.

Around 9 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans every year taking hundreds of years to degrade, with dangerous consequences for marine life. Last month, the Evening Standard kicked off a campaign to end the use of plastic straws in London, reporting that 2 billion are thrown away annually: a combined weight of 1000 tonnes, equal to three fully loaded jumbo jets.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, council cabinet member for environment, said: “The fact is that there just is not enough being done at present to address unacceptable plastic waste”.

Cllr Scott Ainslie said, “I’m glad they passed it. It’s great Lambeth has the chance to be a beacon of light. However, I’m disappointed Labour altered the motion to show they only commit to “exploring” this, and extended the deadline by eight months.

“What I want, and what I think most of the general public want, is clear action on this issue”

Meanwhile, figures released by Lambeth Council showed a year-on-year decline in the proportion of waste recycled and an increase in the proportion incinerated to more than 70% in 2016/7.

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