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Derby Lib Dems Commit Council to Reducing Plastic Waste

July 30, 2019 12:29 PM

At the July Full Council meeting, Liberal Democrat Councillor Lucy Care proposed a motion calling on Derby City Council to agree to stop using single use plastics as far as possible, and to avoid using products that contain micro-beads and similar micro-plastic particles.

The motion was seconded by Councillor Joe Naitta. It also called on the Council to minimise the use of other single use materials, including glass bottles, and to reduce the excessive use of packaging, particularly plastic packaging.

These changes would cover sub-contracted services as well as products that the Council directly purchases. After discussion, the motion was passed unanimously.

At the previous Full Council meeting in May, Councillor Lucy Care proposed the motion for the Council to agree to declare a Climate Emergency. The Council also agreed to set up a Derby Climate Change working group that would meet in public and have wide representation from across the city. This group would make recommendations to the Council Cabinet, so a new target could be set for Derby to become carbon neutral. The motion also required the Council to develop an Action Plan, by the end of 2019, to achieve this.

The Climate Emergency motion committed the Council to work with others on projects to reduce carbon emissions. It also called on the Government to provide the necessary resources and powers so that Derby could make its contribution to the UK's Carbon Reduction targets.