A PROMISE to accomplish massive reductions in the use of single-use plastics is set to be announced at a meeting of the Cabinet at South Ribble Borough Council later today.

The Cabinet is set to approve the adoption of a new Single-Use Plastics Strategy which seeks to reduce single-use plastics (SUPs) at the council by at least 85% before March 2021; with a total eradication of SUPs by March 2025.

Single-use plastics, also known as disposable plastics, are commonly used for plastic packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery.

The strategy will also be outlining measures to ensure businesses in South Ribble make similar pledges, with increased resident awareness also a huge factor in reducing SUPs in the borough.

With a Climate Emergency declared in July 2019, the council is moving at pace to develop the policies needed to ensure action is taken quickly and improvements are observed in the next few years: the aim being to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

And while the council is leading the way, the input of residents and businesses is absolutely fundamental to achieving the targets outlined.

Councillor Sue Jones, Cabinet Member for Environment at South Ribble Borough Council, said: “According to recent estimates, 79% of the plastic waste ever produced now sits in landfills, dumps or in the environment, while about 12% has been incinerated and only 9% has been recycled.

“The council is determined to accomplish a reduction in the amount of single-use plastics being used in the borough by businesses, residents and by the council itself.

“We will lead by example: our Climate Emergency Task Group’s first job is to investigate, and then deliver, a number of changes so that the council, its suppliers and its contractors can cut down on its usage of SUPs.

“We will be encouraging others to follow suit and engaging with residents and businesses to stress the importance of reducing SUPs in the borough.

“Dealing with this Climate Emergency in South Ribble is all about collective effort – I cannot emphasise that strongly enough – which is why we will be reaching out to everyone over the coming months and years and making the case for SUP reduction.”