Glasgow is Getting Rid of Single-Use Plastics

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Glasgow is Getting Rid of Single-Use Plastics
14 Jan 2020
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The Scottish city of Glasgow is working on phasing out all single-use plastics by 2022, part of its plan to be free of unnecessary plastic by the year 2030.

The move is underpinned by the Plastics Reduction Strategy proposed by the Glasgow City Council, which maps out a 24-point action plan to reduce the amount of plastic used and disposed of in the city.

The plan was developed after an online public consultation last summer that gathered over 1,500 respondents expressing wide support for action to reduce single-use plastic waste, Glasgow Guardian reported. The plan will go to the council’s Environmental Committee for further discussion before reaching the City Administration Committee for final approval.

"Plastic clearly has its place, but aiming to end the unnecessary use of plastic will have a significant positive impact on the environment. There is already a huge amount of scope for our habits to change and technology is changing so quickly that our norms will be transformed in the years ahead," said Andy Waddell, Director of Operations for the council’s Neighbourhoods and Sustainability Department. 

"But we do live in a throwaway society and we do take for granted the impact that flows from treating so many plastic products as instantly disposable. The Plastic Reduction Strategy is therefore about seeking alternatives to plastic but also an alternative approach to how we use plastic itself," he added. 

The plan also discusses the development of a plastic-free shopping zone, the installment of more free top-up taps in public spaces to refill reusable water bottles, and removing plastic waste from the city’s waterways.

According to Waddell "the action proposed in the strategy can help Glasgow maintain its position in the UK and across Europe as a leading local authority on sustainability issues.” 

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Glasgow to phase out single-use plastics by 2022


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