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Petition: A Citywide Ban on Single Use Disposable Plastics

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Lead petitioner Martin Fodor
Petition target Bristol City Council
Start date Wed, 3 May 17
Closing date Mon, 30 Apr 18
Last signatories
  • K Shergold
  • Lydia Klimecki
  • Susan Gairdner
  • Rose Boswell
  • jack chubbuck
  • Stephen Pill
  • Taranjit Shukra
  • Austin Luke
  • Selina Postgate
  • Charles Jackson
Signature information

Single use, disposable plastics such as polystyrene takeaway containers and plastic cups are a cause of litter, a waste of resources, and a problem for future generations. They waste fossil fuels and create unsightly streets, and their persistence causes untold harm for wildlife on land and at sea.

While accepting that there are a few cases where single-use plastics are essential, such as in medical treatment, for most uses there are alternatives. But to achieve this, many people have to play their part, including users, traders, and those organising events and providing services in the city.

The Council needs to play a leading role as champion, active supporter, regulator, and service provider in ending the prevalence of single use, disposable plastics. We the undersigned therefore call on the Mayor of Bristol to support and enforce a ban on single use plastic packaging and containers, including through events licensing, as a provider of services, as a partner working with other organisations, and through media and education.

Background information

A call for the Mayor to take all practical steps* to make Bristol an exemplar disposable plastic-free city.

* Things the Mayor can do include:
Specifying how the council’s own events and facilities are run – setting a better example!
Changing events rules
Procurement choices that specify alternatives
Helping bulk buy compostable packaging for traders via Bristol Waste Company
Better promotion of recycling and composting facilities and services where they are needed
Licensing rules being amended for street traders and takeaways
Better enforcement of littering sanctions
Educational initiatives
Using council media work to promote the ban
Lobbying government for better powers to control waste

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