Bedford Borough Council has announced it aims to become a ‘single-use’ plastic-free Council by the end of 2020. Photo by Meghan Rodgers on Unsplash

Bedford Borough Council has announced it aims to become a ‘single-use’ plastic-free Council by the end of 2020

Single-use plastics are only used once before they are thrown away. Because they are plastic they take a long time to break down. This includes things such as plastic cups, cutlery, straws and bottles.

As a nation we are becoming more aware of the need to tackle the problem of plastic waste pollution. Locally, Bedford Borough Council is working to eliminate single-use plastics.

Bedford Borough Council to scrap single use plastic Image: Bedford Borough Council

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“Across our society there is an obscene amount of unnecessary plastic waste, yet we know about the harm plastic waste does to wildlife and to our environment.

“That’s why we’re committing to becoming a single-use plastic free Council. More and more of us are using alternatives to throw-away plastics in our day-to-day lives, and that’s what the council will be doing right across its range of activities.”

The Borough will work with its service suppliers, raise awareness amongst staff, replacing plastic cups and bottles at events and ensuring there is greater access to standpipes. It will also work with local schools to reduce the use of plastic.

Bedford Borough Council has already signed the National Plastic Free Pledge. The Council will be working with them and other plastic-free initiatives towards the common goal of eliminating single-use plastics, firstly within council buildings and then across the borough.

The Plastic Free Pledge was contacted for a comment.