Canterbury City Council go plastic free

Canterbury City Council have reportedly removed all single use plastic from their buildings.

The process of becoming plastic free began in February this year after councillor Louise Jones proposed the initiative.

Cllr Jones has claimed that the switch took just six weeks.

She said: “The council have become plastic free at a remarkable pace for a public authority.

“There’s no plastic water bottles, no plastic straws, no plastic cups in any of their buildings anymore

“They’ve done really well”

The movement is hoped to inspire other local organisations to cut down on plastic usage.

“The idea is that they’re leading by example. It feeds through to other institutions.

“Rather than being dictatorial saying ‘you should do this, you should do that’ it’s ‘we’ve done this, if you could do it too that’d be great'”

The council’s motion has been commended by Green Party MEP for the South of England, Keith Taylor.

He said: “Any movement away from our over reliance on plastic must be applauded as a vital step towards ridding Canterbury, Britain and the world of the scourge of plastic pollution which is choking our environment and our oceans.

“From local to international, urgent action is both welcome and necessary; it’s why Greens will continue urging the UK Government to take a leaf out of the EU’s book in backing up its warm green rhetoric with actual action.”