Plastic Free Windsor & Maidenhead Cross Party Motion

Inspired by Plastic Free Windsor & Plastic Free Maidenhead, RBWM Councillors worked together to deliver a motion to Council to reduce the use of single use plastics under its control.


Here are the motions, and the proposed amendment in full

Agreed Council Motion

This Council:

i) Agrees with the general principles of the Plastic Free Communities scheme namely to:

·         Lead by example in removing single-use plastic items from council premises as has already been agreed by the Sustainability Panel on 18 September 2018

·         Encourage plastic free initiatives such as Maidenhead Challenging Plastic, promote the Plastic Free Windsor and Plastic Free Maidenhead campaigns, appoint a named Member of the Council to each of the Plastic Free Steering Committee, and support campaign events.

·         Encourage all businesses within the Borough to become plastic free.

ii) Work towards becoming a Plastic Free Council, including but not limited to:

·         Ceasing to use or to permit the use of single-use plastics in properties and open spaces under the management of the council.

·         Seeking to minimise the use of single use plastics in any future contracts.

iii) Reduce the use of plastic drinks bottles by:

·         Working with an external supplier to trial at least one reverse vending machine in the Borough

·         Supporting the work of Refill to enable all residents and visitors to refill their reusable water bottles across the Borough and to increase the supply of fresh drinking water within the Borough.

Cllr Coppinger’s Original Motion

This Council:

i)     Agrees with the general principles of the Plastic Free Communities scheme namely to:

  • Lead by example in removing single-use plastic items from council premises as has already been agreed by the Sustainability Panel on 18 September 2018
  • Encourage plastic free initiatives such as Maidenhead Challenging Plastic, promote the Plastic Free Windsor and Plastic Free Maidenhead campaigns and support campaign events.
  • Encourage all businesses within the Borough to become plastic free.

ii)   Work towards becoming a Plastic Free Council, including but not limited to:

  • Ceasing to use or to permit the use of single-use plastics in properties and open spaces under the management of the council.
  • Seeking to minimize the use of single use plastics in any future contracts.

iii) Reduce the use of plastic drinks bottles by:

  • Working with an external supplier to trial at least one reverse vending machine in the Borough
  • Supporting the work of Refill to enable all residents and visitors to refill their reusable water bottles across the Borough and to increase the supply of fresh drinking water within the Borough.

Tabled amendment – by Cllr Jones & Coppinger

Appoint a Member of the Council to each of the Plastic Free Windsor and Plastic Free Maidenhead Steering Committees.

Cll Jones’ Original Motion

Plastic Free Windsor and Plastic Free Maidenhead are part of ‘Surfers against Sewage’, a national organisation. They are a community group set up to encourage our own communities to become plastic free. As a Council we can play a huge part in enabling these organisations and working with them towards one aim. Reducing plastics in our community.

This Council:

i)   Agrees with the general principles of the Plastic Free Communities scheme namely to:

  • Lead by example in removing single-use plastic items from Council premises.
  • Encourage plastic free initiatives locally, promote the Plastic Free Windsor and Plastic Free Maidenhead campaigns and support campaign events.

ii)     Work towards becoming a Plastic Free Council, including but not limited to:

  • Changes its own practices by removing single-use plastics.
  • Ceasing to use or to permit the use of single-use plastics in properties and open spaces under the management of the Council.
  • Seeking to minimise the use of single use plastics in any future contracts.

 

More information

Surfers Against Sewage

Visit the SAS website at https://www.sas.org.uk

 

 

 

More about Plastic Free Windsor and Plastic Free Maidenhead

Read the Maidenhead Advertiser’s Article in full at

https://www.windsorexpress.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead/134762/plastic-free-communities-scheme-launched-in-maidenhead-and-windsor.html 

Visit the Plastic Free Windsor Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Plastic-Free-Windsor-1559852740807848/ 

 

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Accountably yours,

Wisdom

WWRA Councillor, Wisdom Da Costa, Clewer North, Windsor

Email me at cllr.dacosta@rbwm.gov.uk

 

Caveat

This post is part of Cllr Wisdom Da Costa’s regular series of Blogs to inform and empower local residents; as he promised in his election leaflet

The views expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of the West Windsor Residents Association (WWRA).