Councillor Evans and Chantal Lass, Sustainability Manager,
presented a report to provide the Committee with an update on the
review of the Council’s work to phase out Single Use Plastics
As part of the review, the team explored the background to the
issue of plastics pollution. The review team have developed a set
of recommendations for further research and activity for
consideration by the Council, which they consider will help to
reduce the Council’s use of single use plastics and more
broadly reduce the Council’s environmental impact.
The review team was setup following the single use plastics
motion at Full Council. The team considered how to eradicate single
use plastics across Hastings but realised it was more realistic to
present Hastings Borough Council as a model for the community and
work to remove single use plastics across the
Procurement policy is a big opportunity to reduce single use
plastics and the Council could ask the procurement hub to score
suppliers based on single use plastics and other environmental
The Chair thanked Councillor Evans and Chantal Lass for their
work and for producing a very powerful report.
Discussion moved on to engaging local businesses to reduce
plastic use and encouraging the manufacture of biodegradable
plastics. It was agreed that this review should be embedded into
the future work of the Committee.
The Continuous Improvement and Democratic Services Manager
acknowledged that the Committee can keep this review as part of its
work programme if it wishes to do so.
He also noted that should the committee agree the report it will
then be submitted to Cabinet, accompanied by a management response
to the review recommendations.
amendment is suggested and agreed to recommendation 10, that
Hastings Transition Town be added to show support for joint
that the following recommendations be forwarded for Cabinet
To review the Councils sustainable procurement policy and actions
to support reducing our purchase of SUP products.
Local events – explore how to reduce the use of plastic
cutlery, food containers and cups for drinks e.g. re-usable
stackable cups, at large scale events in the town. Investigate
other local authorities sustainable events guide e.g.
Carryout an audit of single use plastics in the Council’s
operational buildings identifying which items are our own purchases
or part of our contractors services e.g. office cleaning and create
a single use plastics policy for the Council.
The Business Improvement District – could initiatives be
developed with the town centre BID to reduce the use of plastics in
local businesses e.g. take away food containers such as polystyrene
boxes & plastic straws.
Discussions were held around the viability of phasing out other
single-use plastic inside Council offices, to meet the 2019
commitment as part of the motion to Council. Further analysis and
consideration of alternative options should be undertaken, by
consulting with services across the council to clearly identify
where SUPS use is most significant, and how this might be
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