Councillors in Lincoln have pledged to eliminate single-use plastics from the authority’s supply chain “wherever possible” by 2022.
City of Lincoln Council last night voted in favour of a motion from Councillor Lucinda Preston which also asked for the material to be taken out of its managed buildings and reduce the use at the Christmas Market from this year onwards.
Members voted unanimously for the move which will see the authority join the Plastic-Free Lincoln campaign group, sign the Plastic Free Pledge and audit its own use of plastics to find replacements.
It will also examine plans to install a free water fountain in Lincoln Central Market.
Councillor Bob Bushell, Portfolio Holder for Remarkable Place at City of Lincoln Council, said: “We are determined to respond to the climate emergency in a positive way and as a large employer in the city we can have a big impact.
Pleased tonight to propose, on behalf of the Labour Group, the motion to commit Lincoln to being a plastic-free city. The opposition supported the motion so it was voted through unanimously. Excited that we’ll now enact our rigorous action plan. 👍👍👍
— Lucinda Preston (@lucindapreston) September 24, 2019
“Eliminating single-use plastics is certainly a step in the right direction.
“We want to lead by example and show others what they can do to improve their impact on the environment both locally and globally.”
In a bid to remove single-use plastics from events in the city, during this year’s Christmas Market the council will be encouraging stall holders to “make every effort” not to use the materials.
And in next June’s Lincoln 10k event, which sees more than 10,000 bottles of water supplied by event sponsor Asda, alternatives, such as water capsules and paper cups, will be explored.
Following the vote, Councillor Preston said on Twitter that she was “excited that we’ll now enact our rigorous action plan”.
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