Watford Borough Council to phase out single use plastics
A Liberal Democrat motion was passed unanimously at a full council meeting last week asking Watford Borough Council to phase out single use plastics and the council to work with local businesses and organisations in Watford to do likewise.
The council has already started to implement the motion itself in the Town Hall. Everyone Active and Veolia, two key council contractors, have also started work on how to reduce plastic usage in their sites.
More drinking fountains will be installed in Watford's parks in order to encourage refilling reusable drinking bottles and discourage the purchase of the use of plastic in purchased water bottles. There's already a drinking fountain in Cassiobury Park and another one planned to be installed with further drinking fountains planned for Oxhey Park, Woodside and other parks.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: "This was one of my manifesto pledges in the recent Mayoral Elections and so its great that we are moving forward on this. The destructive nature of unnecessary single use plastics is there for us all to see. I know that both residents, businesses and local organisations in Watford are keen to phase out the use of unnecessary plastics. I want Watford to be a greener, more sustainable town."
Stanborough Councillor Tim Williams who proposed the motion said: "Many of us have read and watched in aghast at the effect of plastics on our planet with many commentators saying that the world is facing one of it's biggest threats in human history due to single use plastics. The majority of the litter that we see around us is single use plastics that could take 600 years to breakdown. This motion is not only about us, as the Council, phasing out the use of unnecessary single use plastics but its about being at the forefront and setting the example in Watford."
Callowland Councillor Ian Stotesbury who seconded the motion said: "We've got a green agenda running through this council at the moment as we review transport and housing and this motion signs us up to the plastics free pledge of getting rid of unnecessary plastics for better alternatives, and crucially to encourage and work with residents, businesses and organisations to do the same. There is no logic in wrapping something as fleeting as food in something as indestructible as plastic. Plastic food and drink packaging remains useful for a matter of days yet remains a destructive presence on Earth for centuries afterwards."