Councillors from Gedling Borough Council unanimously approved a motion at Full Council on Wednesday to become one of the first Plastic Clever Councils in the country supported by a speech to Councillors from local children Amy and Ella Meek, who founded Kids against Plastic, a campaign launched to reduce the damage to our planet caused by unnecessary plastic.
The motion sets out a number of initiatives to phase out the use of single use plastics in council owned buildings including leisure centres, community centres and the civic centre. Some of the initiatives set out in the motion include;
Amy and Ella Meek launched the Kids Against Plastic scheme in 2015 with a target to collect 100,000 pieces of plastic after learning the negative effect of plastic on the environment. They contacted the council and local MP, Vernon Coaker at the end of 2017 asking them to support their scheme to reduce the number of single use plastics. They spoke to Councillors at the meeting this and encouraged them to approve the motion and become a Plastic Clever Council.
Plans are also in place for a spring clean in March with a focus on collecting plastics to go towards the Kids against Plastic target of collecting 100,000 pieces of plastic.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said;
“I am very proud of this motion which will be presented to councillors this evening to make Gedling Borough Council a Plastic Clever Council. We are committed to becoming one of the first councils to reduce and eventually remove the use of single use plastics in our organisation. We will also encourage our businesses and residents to reduce their use of plastic, working with campaigners like Amy and Ella, who are doing a fantastic job of raising awareness of this very important issue. ”